Charles Carmouche added to LSU roster

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Charles Carmouche, a New Orleans native and former University of New Orleans player, will play his senior season for LSU, the school announced Saturday.

Carmouche, a 6-foot-3 guard, graduated from Memphis, where he averaged 7.4 points as a junior in 2010-11 where he started 28 of the 32 games he played. He played seven games in his senior season before being sidelined because of tendinitis in both knees. He was eventually granted a medical redshirt by the NCAA and sought a transfer after receiving his degree in interdisciplinary studies from Memphis.

Because he's a graduate seeking a post-graduate program, he is able to transfer without sitting out a year.

Carmouche, a graduate of McMain High in New Orleans, started his college career at the University of New Orleans, where he averaged 12.6 points and 4.8 points as a sophomore. He transferred to Memphis after UNO dropped out of Division I.

He'll add depth to a crowded LSU backcourt.

"We're excited to have Charles as part of our LSU basketball program," LSU head coach Johnny Jones said in a news release. "He has the ability to defend and a knack for scoring. With his experience, Charles brings a leadership and a presence to our team we need heading into the start of preseason workouts."

With the addition of Carmouche, LSU will have 11 scholarship players on its 2012-13 roster. He'll be one of three seniors along with forward Eddie Ludwig and Andrew del Piero, a walk-on center Jones put on scholarship for this season.