How LSU coach Matt McMahon and his staff were able to make their first roster come together in 51 days

According to the old adage, Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Well, neither was the LSU men’s basketball program even though first-year coach Matt McMahon certainly can’t be accused of not trying.

While assembling a coaching staff was at the top of a lengthy to-do list, McMahon knew roster management would quickly become a major piece of the puzzle.

Soon, forwards Tari Eason and Darius Days declared for the NBA draft and each of the 11 remaining scholarship players on last year’s roster entered the burgeoning transfer portal.