Former Iowa State star Calvin Godfrey will not be enrolling at LSU this semester after failing to meet the necessary academic requirements.
The 6-foot-8, 230-pound power forward was one of new Tigers coach Johnny Jones’ first recruits, but has now been released from his letter-of-intent after being deemed ineligible to enroll this semester, LSU officials said Monday. His loss reduces LSU’s incoming recruiting class to four players.
Raw offensively, but oozing with potential, Godfrey was regarded as a shot-blocking and rebounding force who would have provided the Tigers a much-needed interior presence with his excellent strength, leaping ability and length around the basket. He is now free to enroll elsewhere after playing his freshman year at Iowa State and then transferring to Howard College in Texas last season.
Godfrey averaged 12.6 points and 7.0 rebounds while shooting 62 percent from the floor at Howard last winter.
He spent the 2010-11 season at Iowa State, but was dismissed from the team following an arrest for marijuana possession. He had been suspended earlier that season for violating unspecified team rules. Cyclones coach Fred Hoiberg called the arrest Godfrey’s “final straw.”
Godfrey finished his high school career at Cooper High School in Robbinsdale, Minnesota. He led that squad to a 25-4 mark in the 2009-10 season.
LSU finished 18-15 a year ago, but went just 7-9 in the SEC after dropping five of its final seven games.