Former Cardinal Mooney guard Antonio Blakeney announced LSU as his college destination on Friday, meaning Baton Rouge becomes the future basketball home for both of Florida's top-rated senior prospects.
Blakeney, who transferred to Orlando Oak Ridge as a junior, is ranked as the state's consensus No. 2 senior behind Montverde Academy's national No. 1 Ben Simmons, a longtime LSU commit who made it official and signed with the Tigers in November.
Blakeney said being able to team up with Simmons at LSU was a factor in his decision. They were teammates on the Each 1 Teach 1 travel team.
"It factored in a lot. I know how good he is," Blakeney said. "We have good chemistry on and off the court."
Blakeney, a 6-foot-4 senior guard, is ranked No. 13 by Rivals, No. 14 by ESPN and No. 15 by 247Sports.
He made Friday's nationally-televised announcement on ESPNU from a studio at Disney's Wide World of Sports. He chose LSU over Kentucky and Missouri.
"This guy is a program-changer in terms of offensive efficiency," ESPN recruiting analyst Paul Biancardi said just before Blakeney's announcement.
Blakeney is averaging 30.4 points per game, which does not count a 63-point outburst in a preseason 85-84 victory over Tavares Liberty Christian. He tallied a season-high 47 points in a 106-101 double-overtime, regular-season loss to Liberty Christian.
Blakeney is also contributing 6.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game for a team that is 12-4 and won the recent Suncoast Holiday Tournament in his hometown of Sarasota, Fla. Blakeney averaged 36.3 points on 56 percent shooting in three games at that tournament.
Blakeney was the Bradenton Herald All-Area Player of the Year as a sophomore before he moved with his mother to Orlando and enrolled at Oak Ridge prior to the 2013-14 school year.