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Agree, love big guys who can pass & handle the ball.

@ny2lasports: 2014 G Riley LaChance current visit schedule - Creighton Aug 16-18th, Baylor Sept 13th-15th, Gonzaga Sept 20-22nd. Davidson Sept 27th-29th.

Highly unlikely SLU will be on that list.

I'm really hoping we make up some ground with Patrick McCaw. I have a good feeling about him for some reason.

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@scott_chihoops: Decatur MacArthur 2014 PG Marcus Bartley @MB3_Dreamville will visit St. Louis University #SLU on official on September 8

@prepbullseye: Per @PeoriaIrish 6'4 2014 PG Marcus Bartley will take an official visit to St. Louis on Sept. 8. Think it's a given he will be offered then.

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And another name out of left field, as many predicted:

Elliott Welmer, 6'8" SF Columbus North (2014), will take an official visit to St. Louis on September 12th.

Looks like an under the radar kid. Probably not a coincidence he's coming in for an official after Mercer committed to Belmont.

http://www.verbalcommits.com/players/elliott-welmer

Looks like a lanky kid

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Dang....rammer would have had fun with that one

I don't know who we are targeting as a PG in the 2014 class but if I was one of them and SLU was recruiting me it would be very attractive given who will be on the roster at that point and going forward a year or two. Hopefully JC can pull in a good one. We have a lot of sales points: recent record, most recent recruiting classes likely to continue NCAA tournament quality and lack of depth at the 1 and 2 spots providing ample amounts of PT in the next few years.

Come on Pistol, I'm counting on you to help get this done. We need a verbal.

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Updated to remove Arogundade and add Welmer, with other notes below. 4 spots remain (1 2013, 3 2014) after the Roby and Gillmann commitments and Crews said it's likely all 4 will be used for 2014. As always, updates on all names are appreciated.



2014 Offer List:



Corey Henderson, Jr.: Episcopal School of Dallas, Dallas, TX - PG: 6-3, 175. Offers: SLU, Wichita State, Wright State, Fresno State, Weber State. Latest (7/31): Henderson is said to have picked up a SLU offer as of July 30th. Henderson appears to be a late bloomer, having just picked up most of his offers at the end of the July period. Wichita State and Fresno State were first. Henderson plays for his dad at the same high school program that produced Phil Pressey. He is listed as a PG by some sources and SG by others. He had a triple-double for Episcopal in late January. Twitter: @chendc3



Ben Lammers, Alamo Heights, San Antonio, TX - C: 6-10, 225. Offers: SLU, Marquette, Miami, Northwestern, Baylor, Texas A&M, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Old Dominion, UTSA. Interest: VCU, Stanford, Purdue, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Wichita State, Fresno State. Lammers was a guy flying under the radar but who a lot of coaches wanted to see before offering. Sure enough, he had a big July on the AAU circuit and the offers have piled up. He averaged 14.1, 8.9, and 5.5 blocks his junior year and had a monster state tournament. His dad, Chris, was a well-known Texas HS football defensive end in 1981, and played for Texas A&M. He is now the coach of Ben's HS basketball team at Alamo Heights. The younger Lammers is scouted as having great hands and control of his body. He's also a very skilled, smart defender.



J.P. Macura: Lakeville North, Lakeville, MN - SG: 6-5, 185. Offers: SLU, Dayton, Butler, Xavier, Creighton, Providence, Mizzou, Purdue, Minnesota, Miami, NC State, Boston College, Iowa State, Kansas State, Texas Tech, Florida State, Auburn, Vanderbilt, Cincinnati, Drake, North Dakota, North Dakota State, Northern Colorado, Vermont, South Dakota, South Dakota State, New Mexico State, Utah State, Toledo, Wyoming, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Nebraska-Omaha. Interest: Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Penn State, Texas, Oklahoma. Latest (8/12): Macura is making an official visit to Creighton this weekend and will visit Iowa State later in August. Purdue is also rumored to be an upcoming visit. Previous: Macura visited Minnesota unofficially, and begins his official visits with Creighton. He will make more official visits in August and September and hopes to have a decision after those; no deadline yet. Crews and Bronson watched Macura play in Vegas. Macura got the Minnesota offer from Pitino, but knows he is recruiting several more highly-rated shooting guards. He did not grow up a Gopher fan. Macura seems very tuned in to the positions filled at each school on his list, as he wants to compete for minutes immediately. He also doesn't seem to want to play in college with his AAU teammates, which include SLU offer Delshon Strickland. Macura made an official visit to Butler and shortly thereafter was shocked by Brad Stevens' decision to leave the school, which was one of his leaders (though Butler remains in high interest). Since then, he has been contacted by many more. Showing an elite three-point shooting ability, Macura has had a couple huge AAU tournaments (including the recent adidas VIP Exclusive Run) and is hitting the radar of Big Ten, Big 12, and ACC schools. He is looking for a school with a "family atmosphere." He is up to #89 in Scout's 2014 rankings. Twitter: @jpmacura



Kelan Martin: Ballard, Louisville, KY - SF: 6-6, 210. Offers: SLU, Richmond, Butler, Xavier, Providence, West Virginia, Texas Tech, Auburn, New Mexico, Indiana State, Ohio, Western Kentucky, IUPUI, UMKC. Interest: VCU, Creighton, Mizzou, Kentucky, Louisville, Minnesota, LSU, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Boston College, Tulsa, Southern Miss. Latest (7/31): Martin picked up offers from West Virginia and Richmond. Previous: Crews and Bronson went out to Vegas at the end of July to see Martin, among others. Martin picked up recent offers from SLU, Xavier, and Texas Tech, and more recently from Butler. He said this about Butler: "I like their program and I think I'm a good fit for their school." Martin has had an impressive spring on the AAU circuit and the offers are starting to roll in. He has no top 5, though many presume Butler is the favorite at this point.



Patrick McCaw: Trinity, Spanish Lake, MO - SG: 6-5, 180. Offers: SLU, Oklahoma State, Virginia Tech, Ole Miss, SIUC, Missouri State, Bradley, Illinois State, Loyola-Chicago, Loyola-Maryland. Interest: Georgetown, Creighton, Michigan, Northwestern, Penn State, Florida State, Missouri, Kansas State, Tennessee. Latest (8/13): McCaw is transferring from CBC to Trinity in North St. Louis County to play for his dad. Previous: McCaw picked up a SLU offer. Billikens.com's own TheChosenOne scouted McCaw as a three-point specialist, a report McCaw seems to agree with, based on his Twitter handle (@StephCurryJr_). After the Peach Jam, where he played for Mac Irvin Fire out of Chicago, some scouts on Twitter remarked that he scores in a variety of ways, is strong on the break, and can take guys off the dribble. McCaw was ranked 87th in the June rankings for the class of 2014 (CBC teammate Jordan Barnett was 86). Twitter: @StephCurryJr_



Steve McElvene: New Haven, New Haven, IN - C: 6-11, 260. Offers: SLU, LaSalle, Pittsburgh, Kansas State, Wright State, Ball State, Chicago State. Interest: Xavier, Purdue, Clemson, Kansas State, Eastern Michigan. Latest (8/1): Purdue is waiting for McElvene to finish summer school. If his academics are in order, an offer will follow by the end of the summer. Previous: McElvene had offers from Wright State Ball State, and Chicago State, but picked up offers from SLU, LaSalle, and Kansas State after an impressive Peach Jam showing. Purdue has been talking to him for a while but has not offered, though the mutual interest level is very high. In the regional round of the IN state tournament this spring, McElvene had 39 points, 33 rebounds, and 11 blocks in two games and was "unstoppable anywhere near the basket" against some of the highest-level competition in the state. He is said to have "scary" upside, has soft hands for his size, and does not play stiff. He even has a nice jumper from just outside the paint, and a dangerous drop step. Nicknamed 'Big Steve,' he also plays football and is an absolute giant. He moved from Alabama to Indiana before his junior year. Twitter: @TCCTree



Logan McLane: Greenfield School, Wilson, NC - PF: 6-8, 210. Offers: SLU, Seton Hall, Miami-Ohio, UNC-Asheville, UNC-Greensboro, Buffalo, Winthrop, Mercer, High Point, Western Carolina. Interest: Furman. Latest (8/2): McLane picked up an offer from Western Carolina, bringing his offer total to 10. Bigger programs are still holding off - could be be a spring recruit? Previous: McLane was cleared to play after recovering from a torn ACL, finally returning to action in Vegas with Team Loaded from NC. He injured it early in his junior season, November 2012. Scouts say schools "should not sleep on him," though, as he has a high-level skill set for his position. He just visited Miami-Ohio. Here, McLane gives some reasons why he likes his current list of offers. Twitter: @LMcLane4



Ikenna Okwarabizie: St. Louis Christian, St. Louis, MO - C: 6-10, 240. Offers: SLU, Illinois State, Southern Miss, SIUE. Interest: Rutgers, Marquette, Oklahoma, Tennessee, LSU, Auburn, Rice. Latest (7/15): Okwarabizie picked up offers from SLU and Illinois State. Previous: Okwarabizie is just starting to emerge this spring and picked up his first offer from Southern Miss. He is drawing "serious attention" from SLU and Rutgers and visited Illinois State. He is playing with the St. Louis Eagles on the AAU circuit this summer. He is not a major contributor at this point but has tremendous size and potential. Twitter: @iykerulez1



Avery Patterson: Wheeler, Decatur, GA - PG: 6-1, 175. Offers: SLU, Richmond, Xavier, Butler, Boston College, Kansas State, Central Florida, Murray State, Western Kentucky, Boston. Interest: UAB. Latest (7/16): Patterson was low on offers until this past weekend, when a slew of new ones came in from SLU, Richmond, Butler, BC, KSU, UCF, Murray State, and WKU. Most of those schools had already been in contact. He's a left-handed PG with a strong frame and very long range on his jumper. Has also drawn a lot of scouting attention for his leadership and control; a pure PG who gets it done at both ends. Twitter: @Showtime_AP



Jalyn Patterson: Montverde Academy, Alpharetta, GA - PG: 6-0, 170. Offers: SLU, George Mason, Minnesota, Georgia Tech, Auburn, Georgia, Texas A&M, Oregon State, Houston, Tulane, Murray State, Georgia State, Georgia Southern, Jacksonville. Interest: Tennessee, Florida State, South Carolina, Charleston, Tennessee Tech, Tennessee State, Kennesaw State. Latest (8/8): Patterson picked up offers from Houston, Oregon State, and Jacksonville. Previous: Of the three schools recruiting him hardest lately, he says, “I am planning on trying to get out to St. Louis and George Mason and probably Houston,” he said. “I am still thinking about other schools and choosing which schools I would like to visit but those are three that I am definitely hoping to get to.” Patterson gained some attention on the national radar after hitting the game-winning 3-pointer to defeat St. Benedict's Prep (NJ) in the ESPN National High School Invitational championship game. As a junior, Patterson played with 2 McDonald's All-Americans (Dakari Johnson and Kasey Hill) and the team finished the season ranked #1 in the nation. This year, he will play alongside potential All-American SG D'Angelo Russell and 4-star SG Justin Bibbs. Twitter: @jalynpatterson



Johnnie Shuler: Theodore Roosevelt, Washington, DC - PG: 5-11, 160. Offers: SLU, LaSalle, Seton Hall, Fairfield, Quinnipiac. Interest: Villanova, Maryland, Nebraska, Miami, UNLV, Wichita State. Latest (7/22): Shuler picked up offers from SLU and Quinnipiac. Seton Hall was the first one, followed by Fairfield and LaSalle. He transferred to TRHS from DeMatha and sat out for half of last season. He plays on a loaded DC Warriors AAU team. He said he'd like to play "out west" for a team that plays an "up and down" style, so UNLV is particularly attractive. He acknowledged Seton Hall also plays that style. Twitter: @jshuler_0



Quadree Smith: Paul VI, Fairfax, VA - PF: 6-7, 290. Offers: SLU, St. Joe's, George Mason, Nebraska, Tennessee, Southern Miss, Tulsa, Kent State, Florida Gulf Coast, Florida International, Drexel, Siena, Fairfield, Rider, Radford, Quinnipiac, UNC-Greensboro, Kennesaw State, Austin Peay, Towson. Interest: Xavier, Virginia, Albany.Latest (8/2): Smith played well over the past few weeks and added offers from Towson and Austin Peay. His latest offer is from Southern Miss. Previous: Smith picked up offers from SLU and Florida Gulf Coast. No, the "290" is not a typo. He's a man mountain of Bill Brasky proportions. He was not allowed to play pee wee football because of his size so he picked up hoops instead. He transferred into Paul VI at over 300 lbs, but the school has a good strength and conditioning coach working with him. He's billed as a relentless worker. He averaged 9 PPG and 13 RPG his junior season and was a key factor in a double overtime win over Oak Hill (13 and 19, with 2 free throws to seal it). Twitter: @Dont_Hate_Q



Delshon Strickland: Holy Angels, Minneapolis, MN - SG: 6-4, 180. Offers: SLU, Richmond, Rhode Island, Miami, Virginia Tech, Auburn, Missouri State, Drake, UTEP, Toledo, Lehigh, Vermont, North Dakota, Northern Colorado, Hampton. Interest: Butler, Gonzaga, Memphis, Texas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Iowa State, Northwestern, Florida State, Washington State, Northern Iowa, Utah State. Latest (8/12): Strickland is being aggressively pursued by Auburn and the mutual interest level is said to be high. Previous: Strickland has picked up a SLU offer, one week after receiving one from Missouri State and two weeks after Virginia Tech. Memphis came to watch Strickland in July and was reportedly very impressed. He is an AAU teammate of J.P. Macura, and both are being recruited by a few of the same schools. However, they don't seem interested in playing together in college. Twitter: Delshon_11



Andre Walker: Bullis School, Clarksville, MD - C: 6-10, 210. Offers: SLU, VCU, Xavier, DePaul, Cincinnati, Temple, UMass, George Mason, SMU, Fairfield, Delaware. Interest: Georgetown, Indiana, Kansas, NC State, Maryland, Miami. Latest (8/2): Walker hasn't gotten any new offers since late May/early June. Previous: This guy is hard to Google. Xavier recently had a player by the same name, and there's another HS recruit with the same name. He wears rec specs. Twitter: @Andre_Walker21



Hunter Ware: North Cobb Christian, Kennesaw, GA - PG: 6-2, 165. Offers: SLU, Murray State, Western Kentucky, Cornell, Brown, Tennessee Tech, Jacksonville, Gardner-Webb, Appalachian State, Stetson, Radford, Wofford, Furman, Middle Tennessee, Georgia Southern, North Florida, Kennesaw State. Interest: Mizzou, Butler, Charleston, Charlotte, UAB, Nevada, Buffalo, Charleston Southern. Latest (8/12): Ware is visiting Western Kentucky in late August. Previous: Ware picked up a WKU offer and calls them his favorite, with MTSU probably second. He's considered one of the fastest-rising players in the state of Georgia's class of 2014. On The Radar Hoops says: "Hunter showcases a great change of speed and high basketball IQ, he constantly gets a piece of the paint and pushes the tempo off the rebound. He fills the middle and goes until he is stopped either scoring or dishing off the ball for the easy basket for his teammates." But this is my favorite profile of him. Twitter: @Hunter_Ware1



Thomas Welsh: Loyola, Los Angeles, CA - C: 7-0, 245. Offers: SLU, UCLA, Gonzaga, California, USC, Arizona State, Colorado, Rice, Santa Clara, San Francisco, Pacific, Portland. Interest: Arizona, Wake Forest, San Diego State, Brown, UC-Santa Barbara. Latest (8/2): Welsh picked up a Colorado offer. In Vegas, he was in a much-watched post matchup with top-10 player Myles Turner, who was said to have lived up to his elite shot-blocking billing. However, "the multi-skilled Welsh exhibited his unique skill set as he nailed several mid-range jump shots and displayed his all-around post game." UCLA was apparently present for every Welsh game, and Enfield and USC were at most, too. Previous: Welsh has an offer from Steve Alford at UCLA. SLU is said to be one of Welsh's early offers, which is interesting, given that he's a Southern California kid with otherwise exclusively West Coast offers. Welsh has spoken with Andy Enfield at USC quite a bit. He just recently visited Cal. He played very well at the recent Pangos All-American Camp and is now ranked #75 in Scout's 2014 rankings. Dave Telep says, "Welsh has touch, size, and he can pass. Patience in the post is uncommon. Nice player. Pac 12 guy talent-wise."



2014 Interest List:



Marcus Bartley: MacArthur, Decatur, IL - PG: 6-4, 175. Offers: Oklahoma State, DePaul, Creighton, Northwestern, Rice, SIUC, Bradley, Illinois State, Eastern Illinois, North Dakota State, South Dakota State, Tennessee-Martin, Southeastern Louisiana, William & Mary. Interest: SLU, Mizzou, Stanford, Iowa, Georgetown, Harvard, Tennessee. Latest (8/12): Bartley will make his official visit to SLU on September 8th. He took an unofficial visit to SLU on August 1 and was reportedly impressed. He should get a SLU offer on his visit, if not sooner. Previous: Bartley took an unofficial visit to Stanford after receiving a recent home visit from them. He recently picked up Creighton and DePaul offers. Both of his parents attended Creighton, who is making him a "major priority." Northwestern is recruiting him very hard. Oklahoma State is the biggest program to offer so far but he may be on the cusp of a few more. Twitter: @MB3_Dreamville



Aaron Brennan: Guerin Catholic, Noblesville, IN - PF: 6-6, 200. Offers: Indiana State, Loyola-Chicago, Belmont, Cornell, Columbia, Toledo, IUPUI, UNC-Asheville, UNC-Greensboro. Interest, SLU, Butler, Indiana, Purdue, Michigan, Iowa, Wright State. Latest (7/24): Brennan played well at Top 100 last week. He just picked up a UNC-Asheville offer. Previous: Brennan contracted foot-in-mouth disease last June and was quarantined for the rest of that month. He had a rough AAU season the rest of last summer after returning, sluggish from lingering effects. Several Big Ten schools have shown interest but, according to Brennan, want to see if he grows more. He just made an unofficial visit to Toledo in late June and has also visited Butler, Loyola-Chicago, and Indiana State. Twitter: @Aaron_Brennan_



Brandon Cheeks: Meadowbrook, Richmond, VA - SG: 6-1, 190. Offers: None. Interest: SLU, George Mason, Delaware, Radford. Latest (7/24): Cheeks played well at Big Shots Richmond, reportedly scoring well at all levels and rebounding very well for his position. He also handles the ball well, allowing him to make plays in traffic. Previous: Seems to be considered a lower-tier D-I recruit at this point. His father played at VCU and holds their single-game scoring record (42 in a 1989 game vs. ODU). He later coached at VCU, West Virginia, Georgia State, and UNC-Charlotte.



Arlando Cook: Madison Prep, St. Louis, MO - PF: 6-8, 175. Offers: Kent State, SIUE, Tennessee-Martin, Western Illinois. Interest: SLU, Illinois, Virginia Tech, SIUC, Missouri State, Georgia State, Troy, Indianapolis, Nebraska-Omaha, Alabama A&M. Latest (8/8): Cook now has an offer from SIUE. Previous: Cook will be visiting SLU with Brandon Hollins in early August. After a strong showing throughout July, Cook is officially on SLU's radar. He had what has been called a "breakout weekend" at the Under Armour Summer Jam in Wisconsin, averaging 19 and 13 during the tournament for the St. Louis Gym Rats Elite AAU team. Florida Gulf Coast will be visiting him at home soon. Tennessee-Martin has "very high" interest. Cook took an unofficial visit to SIUC in early August, and SIUE immediately after. Twitter: @___BallxBooks



Josh Cunningham: Morgan Park, Chicago, IL - SF: 6-7, 195. Offers: UMass, DePaul, Mizzou, Oklahoma, Iowa State, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, St. John's, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Bradley, Northern Illinois. Interest: SLU, Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Miami, Illinois State, UIC. Latest (7/24):Cunningham has some new offers, including Minnesota. Previous: Cunningham opened some eyes at the recent Nike EYBL in Hampton, Virginia when he filled in for an injured 5-star player. He's said to be a gamer with explosive leaping ability and a nice 3-point stroke. Twitter: @JoshMCunningham



Mory Diane: Detroit Country Day, Franklin, MI - SG: 6-3, 170. Offers: Detroit, Kent State, Indiana State, Toledo, Northern Illinois, Eastern Michigan, Central Connecticut. Interest: SLU, Xavier, Butler, DePaul, Mizzou, Michigan State, Iowa, Iowa State, Texas Tech, Ohio, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, IPFW, Robert Morris. Latest (7/24): Diane played in the Under Armour Summer Jam. His most recent offer is from Buffalo. Previous: Diane hopes to have his list down to 5 by the end of July or possibly just before school starts in late August. He expects a few more offers to come in by then. Billed as a strong perimeter and mid-range scorer, solid defender, and natural shooting guard with PG skills if necessary. Twitter: MDiane_20



Brady Ellingson: Hamilton, Sussex, WI - SG: 6-4, 175. Offers: Bradley, Drake, Oakland, Wright State, Toledo, Ball State, Brown, Citadel, Northern Colorado, South Dakota, South Dakota State, UC-Davis, Albany. Interest: SLU, George Washington, Mizzou, Wisconsin, Utah, Harvard, Northern Iowa, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Lehigh, Air Force, Utah State, North Dakota State, Cal-Poly, Quinnipiac. Latest (7/29): SLU coach Jim Crews recently watched Ellingson and Ray Allen Select teammate Riley LaChance, two talented HS shooting guards. The scouting report on Ellingson is like that on LaChance, a pure shooter who will make the teams that didn't sign him pay come March. Ellingson showed off his shooting ability in Las Vegas the last weekend of July and received offers from Ball State and Toledo. Oakland is reportedly recruiting hardest at this point. Twitter: @B_Ellingson22



Brandon Hollins: Jennings, Jennings, MO - SF: 6-5, 170. Interest: SLU, UC-Riverside, Austin Peay, Eastern Illinois. Latest (8/5): Hollins will be visiting SLU with Arlando Cook. Previous: Hollins is on SLU's radar officially after a solid July. He led the Suburban East in scoring his junior season, at 18 PPG. He missed his entire sophomore season with a knee injury. He is said to be a "skilled wing who is most effective slashing to the basket and finishing at the rim," who "needs to be more confident handling the ball" to be successful at the next level. Earl Austin said this of Hollins' July play in Vegas for Team Ramey: "Hollins opened a lot of eyes out west with his energetic play on the wing...averaged about 15 points a game. Always known as a potent perimeter shooter, the slender Hollins displayed slashing ability, plus he rebounded well." Twitter: @NBADreams_



Avery Johnson, Jr.: Cooper, The Woodlands, TX - PG: 5-9, 173. Interest: SLU, LaSalle, Baylor, LSU, Rutgers, Florida State, Wichita State, Rice, Charleston, Santa Clara, Bucknell, Columbia. Latest (7/2): LaSalle has contacted him. Previous: Johnson says Baylor, SLU, and LSU are recruiting hardest but Baylor stands out most at this point. He has only visited Baylor and SLU so far. The son of former NBA player and coach Avery Johnson, he recently made headlines when he Tweeted taunts at the Nets after losing to the Bulls in the playoffs (his dad coached the Nets before being fired).Twitter: @itsaveryjohnson



Therence Mayimba: Montrose Christian, Rockville, MD - SF: 6-5, 200. Offers: VCU, George Mason, Georgetown, Villanova, Miami. Interest: SLU, Duquesne, George Washington, Indiana, Syracuse, Maryland, Virginia Tech, UAB, Tulsa, Morgan State. Latest (8/8): Mayimba says he's been hearing from UAB, GW, George Mason, Georgetown, SLU, Duquesne, Tulsa, VCU, and Morgan State. His profile reads like a guy who'd be ranked in the top 50 if he were a couple inches taller (most have him at 6-5; Scout has him at 6-7). ESPN says he's "blessed with a prototypical basketball body, long, cut-up, and extremely athletic. He's a phenomenal defender because he has the ability to guard multiple positions and is equally dangerous as a help-side defender where he aggressively rotates to block shots. Mayimba is also a ferocious rebounder." VerbalCommits is the only site that lists any offers, and all but one (VCU - 2/13) are dated 7/28/12, so the current status of all is questionable. Mayimba played for the Pan Africa team at the Nike Global Challenge, where he was scouted as a heady player, lock-down defender, and someone who could knock down 3-pointers. His offense is said to be still developing, but he's a high-energy guy. He is expected to follow former Montrose Christian head coach Dan Prete by transferring to Saint James School (small, private Episcopal boarding school) in Hagerstown, MD.



Bryant McIntosh: Greensburg, Greensburg, IN - PG: 6-4, 175. Offers: Rhode Island, Davidson, Creighton, Mizzou, Memphis, Iowa, Northwestern, Clemson, Florida State, Auburn, Indiana State, Bradley. Interest: SLU, Indiana, Michigan, Purdue, Xavier, Wake Forest. Latest (7/29): Crews and Bronson watched McIntosh while watching some other recruits in Vegas this past weekend. Previous: Northwestern and Creighton are the latest offers for McIntosh, who was also recently contacted by SLU, Dayton, Wake Forest, Xavier, and others. He was a former ESPN 60 name who faded, committed to Illinois State, decommitted in early July, and has since drawn attention (and offers) from top programs again after a couple big AAU weekends. He's considered a high-level shooter who may play more of a shooting guard in college. Twitter: @BryantMac30



Justin Mitchell: Wayne, Fort Wayne, IN - PG: 6-4, 180. Offers: Ball State, IPFW, Chicago State. Interest: SLU, Xavier, Tennessee, Indiana State, Ohio, and Toledo. Latest (7/22): After seeing Mitchell play with Steve McElvene in the EYBL Peach Jam, SLU has been in touch along with the others listed above. Mitchell played very well, at the level of top-50 opposition.



Tai Odiase: Homewood-Flossmoor, Flossmoor, IL - PF: 6-8, 190. Offers: Kent State, Valpo, Illinois-Chicago, Ball State, UMKC, SIUE, IPFW. Interest: SLU, Tennessee, SIUC, Loyola-Chicago, Western Michigan, Northern Kentucky. Latest (8/7): Odiase will visit SLU, Kent State, Western Michigan, and UMKC. He is a raw, rapidly improving late bloomer. He runs the floor well, finishes strong at the basket, He got limited minutes behind two seniors as a junior at H-F, but is poised for a much bigger senior season. Twitter: @Tai_GetBUCKETS



Anthony Pate: New Hampton Prep, New Hampton, NH - SG: 6-3, 190. Offers: St. Bonaventure, Duquesne, Harvard, Yale, Florida International, Holy Cross, Lehigh, Hofstra, Boston, Maine, UMBC, UNC-Greensboro, Binghamton, NJIT. Interest: SLU, George Washington, George Mason, Davidson, Marquette, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Tulsa, Bucknell, Siena, Drexel, Northeastern, Utah State. Latest (8/1): Pate is picking up a lot of interest and offers after playing well at the Super 64 in Vegas. Scouts said his game is a lot like that of Elijah Brown, the son of Mike Brown who played at Santa Ana HS in California and is heading to Butler this fall. Pate is said to have a confident stroke and good facilitating ability. One concern may be transfers: Pate is from Canada, attended Saint Anthony in New Jersey before transferring to Long Island Lutheran for his junior season, then New Hampton Prep this past season. He will stay at NHP for a prep year. Twitter: @416Pate



Darreon Reddick: Belleville East, Belleville, IL - PG: 6-3, 200. Offers: DePaul, Valpo, Missouri State, Indiana State, Bradley, Detroit, Toledo, IUPUI. Interest: SLU, Mizzou, Butler, Michigan, Xavier, Tennessee, Iowa, SIUC. Latest (7/24): Reddick was impressed by Northwestern on his visit there. Northwestern is expected to offer soon. He also took unofficial visits to Illinois State and Bradley in June. Previous: Reddick visited Valpo with C.J. Rivers and both picked up offers. Twitter: @_14Reddick



Shawn Roundtree: Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL - 6-0, 175. Offers: SIUE. Interest: SLU, Ball State. Latest (7/22): Roundtree has been contacted by SLU and Ball State, but SIUE leads Roundtree's recruitment at this point. Twitter: @2Yung4_Simba



Marial Shayok: Blair Academy, Blairstown, NJ - SF: 6-6, 205. Offers: Marquette, Villanova, Seton Hall, Providence, LaSalle, Cincinnati, Boston College, Minnesota, Rutgers, Kansas State, West Virginia, Texas A&M, Georgia. Interest: SLU, VCU, Dayton, Michigan, Illinois, Purdue, Gonzaga. Latest (7/22): Shayok said Marquette, BC, Villanova, Cincinnati, and Rutgers are recruiting him hardest. Georgia and Michigan have shown increased interest recently. Previous: He has not decided on any visits yet and doesn't plan to do so until August. He is considered one of the most athletic wings in the class of 2014. He's from a big-time basketball family: His father played at Dayton, his sister plays at Detroit, and his brother just transferred to UMKC from Bradley. Twitter: ToOffical_11



Tarin Smith: St. Anthony's, Jersey City, NJ - PG: 6-0, 175. Offers: LaSalle, St. Joe's, UMass, Penn, Princeton, Brown, Bucknell, Detroit, Holy Cross, Delaware, Quinnipiac, Wagner, Stony Brook, Buffalo. Interest: SLU, Creighton, Boston College, SMU. Latest (8/1): Smith is definitely a SLU target and recently spoke with Ben Weixlmann. Previous: Smith is the starting point guard at NJ powerhouse St. Anthony's, whose past point guards include Bobby Hurley, Tyshawn Taylor, Tray Woodall, and recent Temple addition Josh Brown. He says St. Joe's, Bucknell, Stony Brook, Princeton, and Penn have been in contact the most and that SLU, SMU, Creighton, and Boston College have all contacted him to let him know they're coming out to watch him this July. St. Joe's has had a few recent St. Anthony's grads, including Ahmad Nivins and Dwayne Lee. (There is also a 2016 recruit from McCluer North by the same name.)



Dmitri Thompson: Orlando Christian, Orlando, FL - SG: 6-4, 195. Offers: Purdue, Miami, Oklahoma State, Mississippi, Georgia, South Florida, Central Florida, Murray State, Georgia Southern. Interest: SLU, Georgetown, Butler, Kansas State, Virginia, Alabama. Latest (7/18): Thompson and teammate Adonys Henriquez had publicly mentioned the possibility of being recruited as a package deal, but Henriquez committed to Miami this past fall, while Thompson continues to explore his options. The two have won a state championship together already and expectations are high for their senior season. Twitter: @BigMeech_2014



Elliott Welmer: Columbus North, Columbus, IN - PF: 6-8, 195. Offers: Wright State, Northern Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky, Eastern Illinois. Interest: SLU, IPFW. Latest (8/12): Welmer will make an official visit to SLU on September 12th. So far, he doesn't have the most impressive offer list but seems to be a late bloomer, with his offers having come in very recently. He seems to be growing still, as he is listed as a SF and an inch or two shorter by many recruiting services. He plays for the Eric Gordon All Stars AAU team. As a junior, he was ranked the 26th prospect in Indiana's class of 2014 (McIntosh: 7, Mercer: 8, Brennan: 10, Mitchell: 90), and the report was: "[Welmer] is relatively unknown, but is getting big minutes and scoring some points this winter for North. He had a good summer and should land his name on the radar of some schools. Has good perimeter skills for a guy of his size, handles the ball well. I think that Elliot will still grow another inch or two and his game is just starting to come into its own. He shoots the ball well from the perimeter and blocks shots defensively. I am sure I have him higher than most people, but I think he will end up moving up even more within the next year. Keep an eye out for him." Twitter: @Welmer_33


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I don't know who we are targeting as a PG in the 2014 class but if I was one of them and SLU was recruiting me it would be very attractive given who will be on the roster at that point and going forward a year or two. Hopefully JC can pull in a good one. We have a lot of sales points: recent record, most recent recruiting classes likely to continue NCAA tournament quality and lack of depth at the 1 and 2 spots providing ample amounts of PT in the next few years.

Come on Pistol, I'm counting on you to help get this done. We need a verbal.

Working on it. From our offer list right now, the PG with whom we seem to share the most mutual interest is Jalyn Patterson. I'd be excited about that commitment.

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Illinois Wolves/St. Viator 2014 SG Ore Arogundade has committed to Drake per Mike Mullins.

This happened while the board was down.

I hope we were not still after this guy. It would hurt to lose a player to DRAKE! What does it have going for itself? Hello out there, anybody? I thought not.

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I hope we were not still after this guy. It would hurt to lose a player to DRAKE! What does it have going for itself? Hello out there, anybody? I thought not.

Hello! It shares names with the best rapper in the biz. Trump card...

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Hello! It shares names with the best rapper in the biz. Trump card...

Sorry but "best" and "rapper" taken together are an oxymoron.

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Adding a new name to the offer list: Ben Lammers. VerbalCommits has him listed with a SLU offer and High interest as of 8/12. 6-10, 225-lb. center from San Antonio. Offers from Marquette, Miami, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, K-State, Baylor, and UTSA.

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Adding a new name to the offer list: Ben Lammers. VerbalCommits has him listed with a SLU offer and High interest as of 8/12. 6-10, 225-lb. center from San Antonio. Offers from Marquette, Miami, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, K-State, Baylor, and UTSA.

Certainly a good list of competition.

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Adding a new name to the offer list: Ben Lammers. VerbalCommits has him listed with a SLU offer and High interest as of 8/12. 6-10, 225-lb. center from San Antonio. Offers from Marquette, Miami, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, K-State, Baylor, and UTSA.

How do we keep finding all these guys spread all over the country?

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How do we keep finding all these guys spread all over the country?

The whole staff has been going to big AAU tournaments everywhere this summer- Wisconsin, Las Vegas, Virginia - everywhere. They keep tabs on guys we've already been recruiting and end up recruiting new players.

Lammers was a kid who a lot of programs knew about but wanted to wait to see in person. He had a huge July, competing well head-to-head with bigs from all over, and the offers started rolling in quickly.

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Losing Ore was a bummer. But, perhaps it's not a coincidence that SLU's recruitment of Bartley has intensified.

Losing players to Belmont and Drake isn't exactly a good thing, but there is still plenty of time to grab some great players in addition to the solid foundation of Gillmann and Roby.

My man crush of Bartley continues:

Marcus Bartley defines the term student-athlete. The 6'4 point guard possesses a 4.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale and netted a score of 28 on his ACT.

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Feels like I am always the bearer of bad news re: Pistol's list. I hope we can get a commit soon so that will change.

2014 G Riley LaChance has narrowed his list to Creighton, Gonzaga, Xavier, Butler, Davidson, Indiana, Baylor, and Vanderbilt per his father

2014 C Jacob Hammond (@J_ham_24) has committed to Nebraska.

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Feels like I am always the bearer of bad news re: Pistol's list. I hope we can get a commit soon so that will change.

2014 G Riley LaChance has narrowed his list to Creighton, Gonzaga, Xavier, Butler, Davidson, Indiana, Baylor, and Vanderbilt per his father

2014 C Jacob Hammond (@J_ham_24) has committed to Nebraska.

We were never really in on either of these guys. Nothing to worry about with this particular news.

I am worried overall. A Bartley commitment would be good.

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