Willis Commits to Red Wolves
Christian Willis, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound guard from St. Louis (Mo.) Christian Brothers, has committed to Arkansas State.
Also a member of the prestigious EBYL St. Louis Eagles, Willis made his official visit to A-State on the weekend of the Missouri game. He had made an unofficial visit during the summer before his junior season.
“I was down there and I just got a good vibe,’’ he said. “I felt like it was a good place for me academically and basketball. I met a lot of real genuine people who will help a kid like me out.”
Willis, who lives in Belleville, Ill., averaged 14 points a game for the Cadets, who won the state title his sophomore season but lost in the district finals last season.
“Our goal this year is to win the state,’’ he said.
He is the fourth commitment for the Red Wolves for the 2016 class and the second high school player, joining Benton’s 6-9 Jake Scoggins. Junior college 6-2 guard Wilmer Johnson of Wallace (Ala.) State and 6-8 Immanuel Griggs of Georgia Highlands were the first two A-State commits.
Willis said his strong point is easy to see.
“I’m a pretty good shooter,’’ he said. “I’ve always played the two guard in high school and with the Eagles. The coaches at A-State told me they wanted me to come in my first year and be a shooter and help the team however I can. My second year they want me to more of a combo guard. I’m excited about playing both.”
He is the second commit from the EBYL, the top summer league basketball players for high school players. Scoggins played with the Arkansas Wings Elite.
Willis had offers from Western Illinois, Southern Illinois, SIU-Edwardsville, San Jose State and the Red Wolves. South Dakota State, Missouri State, Wichita State, St. Louis and Creighton had shown interest.
He said his plan is to sign with the Red Wolves in November and hopefully attend the A-State homecoming game on Oct. 3 vs. Idaho.
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