More help is on the way for the University of Tulsa basketball team, and it’s in the form of a junior-college standout.

Brandon Rachal, a 6-foot-6 wing whose career began at LSU, committed to the Hurricane on Tuesday, announcing his decision on Twitter. On The previous day, Rachal was named a second-team NJCAA all-American.

As a sophomore at Pearl River Community College in Mississippi, Rachal averaged 15.5 points and 8.7 rebounds this season. He also shot 49.7 percent from the floor with 2.7 assists and 1.7 steals per game.

After helping his team to its first NJCAA tournament appearance, Rachal’s recruiting picked up, including a recent offer from West Virginia.

A native of Natchitoches, Louisiana, Rachal won two state championships in high school and was a consensus four-star recruit. As a freshman at LSU, he played nearly 16 minutes per game and averaged 4.4 points.

Rachal is TU’s second commitment since the season ended, joining Arkansas transfer guard Keyshawn Embery-Simpson. The Hurricane also signed California high school point guard Isaiah Hill in November.

Kelly Hines


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Kelly has been the University of Tulsa football and basketball beat writer since 2014. She grew up in Moore, was valedictorian at Christian Heritage Academy and graduated from Oklahoma State University. Phone: 918-581-8452