Kevin Lisch Stays Close to Home

In the end, it was about relationships and the chance to play close to home. That's why one coaching staff is celebrating today by landing guard Kevin Lisch.

In the end, it was comfort and the chance to play at home that led Kevin Lisch to commit to St. Louis.

The 6-1, 175-pound Bellville Althoff (Mo.) High junior guard chose the Billikens over Illinois, Purdue, Notre Dame and Marquette.

``The only stipulation he had was that he was within a six or eight-hour drive," Bellville Althoff coach Greg Leib said. "St. Louis has been in the hunt for Kevin since he was a freshman as far as watching him play."

``I know some people will be surprised, but Kevin really wanted to stay close to home and felt very comfortable with the coaching staff at St. Louis," added Leib.

Lisch's father, Rusty, was the starting quarterback at Notre Dame and also played a handful of seasons in the NFL with the Cardinals and Bears.

Lisch averaged 23.5 points and is a player who can create his own shot and also knock down the outside jumper. According to Leib, he'll need to continue to improve his point guard skills.

``He's always been able to create shots from himself, but at the next level he'll have to involve other people a little more," Leib said.

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