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1 hour ago, wgstl said:

4* guard Trevor keels is on campus today 

Is this the week/weekend that Nike has that camp on campus and Ford offers just about everyone who attends?

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24 minutes ago, DeSmetBilliken said:

Is this the week/weekend that Nike has that camp on campus and Ford offers just about everyone who attends?

Yup

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1 hour ago, RUBillsFan said:

Dwayne Evans went to Neuqua Valley.  Seems like that would be a big recruiting plus to have someone from the same HS who went on to have a ton of success at SLU.

dwight makes an appearance 

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2 hours ago, DeSmetBilliken said:

Is this the week/weekend that Nike has that camp on campus and Ford offers just about everyone who attends?

Ahhh that makes sense

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Ahamad Bynum - SG, 6-2, 175 - Chicago, IL (Simeon) - AAU: Mac Irvin Fire (Nike EYBL) - Twitter: @king_bynumm
Offers: Saint Louis, DePaul, Illinois, Illinois-Chicago, Northern Illinois.

Interest: Wisconsin, Iowa, Iowa State.

Latest News: Bynum received an offer from SLU. (6/24/19)

Scouting Report: Bynum is a tough, athletic guard with high-level scoring ability and a high motor. He has excellent court vision and gets his teammates involved. He's an outstanding shooter who knocks it down consistently off the catch and loves to pull up in mid-range. He's explosive and unafraid to go right at defenders, and can finish in any number of ways. He handles the ball well and rebounds. He's more of a pure scoring guard in HS but has the skills to build upon to play either guard position in college. He is the nephew of Will Bynum, who played at Arizona and Georgia Tech before a few years in the NBA. Rankings: Rivals - 89, Prep Hoops - 141, 247Sports Composite - 113, Future150 - 96.

 

Troy D'Amico - SF, 6-6, 200 - Niles, IL (Notre Dame) - AAU: Meanstreets (Nike EYBL) - Twitter: @troydamico24
Offers: Saint Louis, SIU-Carbondale, Milwaukee.

Interest: Tulsa, Colorado State, Loyola-Chicago, Drake, Miami-Ohio, Eastern Illinois, Liberty.

Latest News: D'Amico received offers from SLU and Milwaukee. (6/24/19)

Scouting Report: D'Amico is a skilled, crafty wing with length and versatility. He he's an elite shooter who knocks down threes consistently off the catch or the dribble and can get to the rim to score, too. He has great handles for his size. He doesn't back down on the block and creates mismatches with his size and creativity with the ball in his hands. He's also a very good rebounder and passer. He runs the floor hard and never takes a play off. He has started every varsity game for his HS since he was a freshman. Rankings: Prep Hoops - 229.

 

John Poulakidas - SG, 6-5, 175 - Naperville, IL (Neuqua Valley) - AAU: Young & Reckless (Adidas Gold) - Twitter: @JohnPoulakidas
Offers: Saint Louis, Butler, Loyola-Chicago, SIU-Carbondale, Illinois-Chicago, Milwaukee, Miami-Ohio, Brown.

Interest: Iowa, Northwestern, Texas, California, Temple, Tulsa, Colorado State, Florida Atlantic, Princeton, Columbia, Holy Cross, Elon.

Latest News: Poulakidas received an offer from SLU. (6/24/19)

Scouting Report: Poulakidas is a long lefty wing with big-time scoring ability. He's a sniper from deep and his size allows him to get his shot off over defenders easily. He's consistent on pull-ups in the mid-range and spot-up threes. Not just a shooter, he's a creative player with a sound all-around offensive game who finds ways for himself and his teammates to score. He has solid court vision, handles the ball, and rebounds hard. Rankings: Prep Hoops - 204.

 

Duncan Powell - SF, 6-7, 220 - DeSoto, TX (DeSoto) - AAU: Drive Nation (Nike EYBL) - Twitter: @Trill4DunC
Offers: Saint Louis, TCU, Ole Miss, Tulsa, SMU.

Interest: Tennessee.

Latest News: Powell received an offer from SLU. (6/24/19)

Scouting Report: Powell is a big, versatile forward who impacts both sides of the ball. He's a solid shooter with deep range. He scores in the post effectively, too, using a combination of turnaround jumpers and hook shots off the block. He's an excellent rebounder. He has high-level footwork and a good understanding of the game. He plays hard on both ends and runs the floor. Rankings: Prep Hoops - 109, 247Sports Composite - 135, Future150 - 51, ESPN - 55.

 

-Only the Powell offer appears to be related to the Nike Elite 100 event on SLU's campus this week, and based on the timing of his tweet, it seems like he got it before arriving. The other three were standouts in the Riverside Brookfield Shootout, a team camp up in the Chicago area.

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22 hours ago, wgstl said:

4* guard Trevor keels is on campus today 

Is he just participating in the Elite 100 event or is he actually visiting the program?

Sometimes it's both; our staff will peel off individual players or groups of players and personally give them tours.

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Thank you @Pistol and others for all of the recruiting updates fun and exciting lunch time information to take in

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According to Scott Burgess, Brandon Weston a 6'4'" wing out of Morgan Park has received an offer from SLU. Plays for the Mac Irvin Fire AAU team.  

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Brandon Weston - SG, 6-6, 195 - Chicago, IL (Morgan Park) - AAU: Mac Irvin Fire (Nike EYBL) - Twitter: @BWest233
Offers: Saint Louis, UMass, Seton Hall, Wake Forest, Illinois, Arizona State, UAB.

Interest: VCU, George Washington, Georgetown, Creighton, DePaul, Louisville, Syracuse, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, Mizzou, Temple, Northern Illinois, Holy Cross, Chicago State.

Latest News: Weston received offers from SLU, Arizona State, and UAB. (7/1/19)

Scouting Report: Weston is a versatile, athletic wing with high-level scoring ability. He can score on three levels, and even though he can be a little streaky from outside, he's an elite finisher. He can defend four positions and rebounds very well. He's a smart player with a well-rounded game.  He's from Brooklyn but moved to the Chicago area and sat this past season after transferring from Lake Forest Academy to Morgan Park. He also runs with the Chicago-based Mac Irvin Fire AAU program, where he plays up a level. Rankings: Prep Hoops - 112.

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Jerdarrian (JD) Davison - PG, 6-3, 165 - Letohatchee, AL (The Calhoun School) - AAU: Alabama Fusion (Nike EYBL) - @jddavison10
Offers: Saint Louis, Auburn, Alabama, Ole Miss, Memphis, UNLV.

Interest: Louisville, Florida State, Iowa State, Baylor, Florida, Mississippi State, Tulane, UAB.

Latest News: Davison received an offer from SLU. (7/1/19)

Scouting Report: Davison is an athletic, savvy point guard with a high basketball IQ. He's an excellent playmaker with elite vision. He's got tremendous speed and bounce and is a big-time dunker. He scores on all three levels. He shows great leadership ability and is a hard worker. He plays in one of the smallest AL HS classes (2A; AL goes up to 7A) but is considered the top 2021 prospect in the state. Rankings: Prep Hoops - 92.

Also found this buried on Twitter:

 

Almost a year old and never hit my radar. I'll have something up for him by tomorrow.

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Randiez (P.J.) Eason - PF, 6-9, 210 - Dadeville, AL (Dadeville) - AAU: Alabama Fusion (Nike EYBL)
Offers: Saint Louis. 

Interest: VCU, Auburn, Alabama, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Belmont, Troy.

Latest News: Eason played in the Nike Top 100 event on SLU's campus. His SLU offer is from late last summer, though. (7/2/19)

Scouting Report: Eason is a long forward who plays extremely hard. He is an excellent rim protector defensively and has good court vision. He's strong under the rim on offense, difficult to stop once he gets the ball inside, and finishes hard, usually with two hands. He gobbles up offensive rebounds for second chance opportunities. He grew 4 inches from freshman to sophomore year and is expected to add a couple more. Rankings: 247Sports - 70.

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Two new 2021 offers. Bios coming soon.

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Aaron Lemon-Warren - SF, 6-5, 200 - Philadelphia, PA (Archbishop Ryan) - AAU: K-Low Elite (Adidas Gauntlet) - Twitter: @arod_savage
Offers: Saint Louis, Richmond.

Interest: La Salle, Bowling Green, Wagner.

Latest News: Lemon-Warren received an offer from SLU. (7/8/19)

Scouting Report: Lemon-Warren is a competitive, versatile forward who does whatever is needed of him. He's an outstanding defender and was tasked at times during his sophomore year with guarding the opposing center because of his toughness and rebounding ability. He scores on all three levels.

-Lemon-Warren's recruitment has basically just begun in the past two weeks. He's been a standout in team camp events and D-I schools are just noticing him. He was a sophomore starter for a senior-laden varsity team this past season and ended up being their second-leading scorer but he spent a lot of the season playing at the 4 or 5 because his team didn't have much size. He'll be the top returning player this coming season.

 

Jai Smith - PF, 6-9, 210 - Syracuse, NY (St. Thomas More, CT) - AAU: City Rocks (Nike EYBL) - Twitter: @jai_smith131
Offers: Saint Louis, Rutgers, San Diego, Siena.

Interest: Seton Hall, Syracuse, Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State, UConn, Cornell.

Latest News: Smith received an offer from SLU after the Nike Elite 100 Camp. (7/8/19)

Scouting Report: Smith is a tough, athletic forward with a non-stop motor. He finishes strong, dunking everything he can. He's an energetic defender who uses his length to disrupt and block shots. He cleans up the glass at both ends and is an excellent passer. He's got a great attitude and work ethic and is a great teammate. He transferred from Bishop Ludden HS in Syracuse to St. Thomas More in CT. Rankings: Future150 - 19.

-Smith is a long, athletic forward with a high ceiling. He needs to develop his mid-range and perimeter game along with his ball handling but he's extremely effective in transition and in or near the paint.

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4-star PG from Wayne, NJ (closer to NYC than Philly but he attends school in the Philly suburbs).

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Rahsool Diggins - PG, 6-2, 180 - Wayne, NJ (Archbishop Wood, PA) - AAU: Team Final (Nike EYBL) - Twitter: @RahsoolDiggins3
Offers: Saint Louis, St. Bonaventure, UMass, La Salle, Xavier, DePaul, Virginia Tech, Penn State, Florida, Denver, Hofstra, Iona, Siena, Quinnipiac, Saint Peter's, Bryant.

Interest: VCU, George Washington, St. Joe's, Villanova, Butler, Marquette, Miami, Wake Forest, Ohio State, Temple, Buffalo, Towson, Marist, Georgia State, Stony Brook, UMBC, Sacred Heart, Cal State-Bakersfield.

Latest News: Diggins received an offer from SLU. (7/9/19)

Scouting Report: Diggins is a long, shifty point guard who plays with a ton of creativity. He's crafty off the bounce and provides his teammates with scoring opportunities. He freezes defenses with his passing ability and can score on all three levels. He's an excellent ball handler and rebounds the guard position well. He's tough, poised, and plays under control. Rankings: Rivals - 85, Prep Hoops - 49, 247Sports Composite - 100, Future150 - 116.

-He's blowing up - 11 of his 16 offers have come since mid-June. He played in the Nike Elite 100 Camp at SLU and a number of team camp events and is one of the fastest 2021 stock risers right now. 

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Copying the format of the 2020 post... 

New this year is the NCAA College Basketball Academy, which will be held in four regions with two sessions apiece (7/22-7/25 and 7/25-7/28). SLU 2021 recruits by location:

East (UConn):
Matthew Nunez, Session I
Brandon Weston, Session II

South (Houston):
Duncan Powell, Session I

Midwest (Illinois):
John Butler, Session I
Yaya Keita, Session I
John Poulakidas, Session II

If you're wondering what this thing is, more info is available here.

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Bio on our newest 2021 offer:

Jordan Nesbitt - SG, 6-6, 185 - St. Louis, MO (St. Louis Christian Academy) - AAU: Brad Beal Elite (Nike EYBL) - Twitter: @kingjordann3
Offers: Saint Louis, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Tulane, Louisiana-Monroe.

Interest: Xavier, Creighton, Louisville, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, K-State, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Mizzou, Vanderbilt, Alabama, Cincinnati, Tulsa.

Latest News: Nesbitt received an offer from SLU. (7/18/19)

Scouting Report: Nesbitt is a long, skilled, active wing scoring guard with a fluid, athletic game. He finishes strong around the rim and has shot making ability off the catch or dribble with good range. He's a very energetic defender, and a hard worker with a competitive streak. Nesbitt played his freshman and sophomore years at Lutheran North, then transferred to St. Louis Christian Academy and reclassified as a 2021 recruit. Rankings: Rivals - 58, PrepHoops - 51, 247Sports - 120, 247Sports Composite - 93, ESPN - 56.

-SLU has been involved for a while. He's an area kid, I'm guessing North County since he played at Lutheran North before transferring to STL Christian. He played 7 of 13 games with Brad Beal Elite's 17U (top) squad this season; I'm guessing he played for the 16U team in a few events, too. Ford Stuen just started following him on Twitter. Other programs following him that aren't listed above: Oral Roberts, Temple, Louisiana, Ohio State, Youngstown State, Grambling State, Valparaiso, SEMO, Seton Hall.

Nebraska is his last offer before SLU. When the recruiting period opened up for 2021 kids a month ago, he heard from Illinois, Alabama, Nebraska, Creighton, Iowa, Tulsa, and Ole Miss right away. He said in the spring that Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Tulsa, Mizzou, SLU, Louisville, and a few others were involved. He's taken an unofficial visit to Louisville. Top 100 prospect at this point.

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2 minutes ago, RiseAndGrind said:

 

Id like to know the back story or at least more about this ha. 

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Both names I had on the 2021 interest list have gotten offers in the past couple days - Nesbitt and now Bates. Ford said a while back that players don't have patience anymore for having interest from a program without an offer. They want the offer or they want you to move on. This staff doesn't seem to string guys along for the most part. Here's Bates' bio:

Tamar Bates - SG, 6-4, 180 - Kansas City, KS (Piper) - AAU: KC Run GMC (Under Armour Rise) - Twitter: @tbates_11
Offers: Saint Louis, Wichita State, Missouri State, Abilene Christian.

Interest: Creighton, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Purdue, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Kansas, K-State, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, SMU, South Florida, Belmont, Loyola-Chicago, Illinois State, Drake, Bradley, Miami-Ohio, Milwaukee, Omaha, Oral Roberts, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Liberty, UMKC.

Latest News: Bates received an offer from SLU. (7/19/19)

Scouting Report: Bates is a high-volume scoring guard. He has a smooth lefty stroke with range. He has good handles, gets to the rim through traffic, is comfortable absorbing contact, and finishes with either hand. He's got long arms that he uses to his advantage at both ends. He has a steady demeanor and lets the game come to him. He led his HS team to a state championship as a sophomore.

-Bates is on the Kansas side of the border; Piper HS is in the Northwest fringe of the Kansas City, KS area. He's already got a state championship under his belt, which he won alongside his older brother, now heading to juco to play. All three of his previous offers came in the past week - Missouri State, then Abilene Christian and Wichita State - so he's just starting to emerge despite having a lot of high-level interest.

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