Bocot Takes His Name off The Board

Justin Bocot took his name out of the running for numerous college opportunities when he fell for one program this weekend.

Southern Illinois dipped into the 2007 talent pool and found itself a high-scoring wing guard. Justin Bocot, a 6-foot-3 standout from Bloomington (Ill.) High, committed to the Salukis Sunday night.

Bocot told that he visited SIU this past weekend and has cancelled a trip to Iowa.

At the end of the day, Bocot passed on bigger interests and pledged to the program that showed the most consistent commitment to recruiting him. "It was a lot (of big schools) but they really weren't showing me interest earlier so I stayed away from them," Bocot said. "I've been talking to (SIU) since my freshman year. They were interested then and still are."

Who wouldn't be? Bocot averaged 21 points as a senior. He wreaked havoc on the AAU circuit in a bucket-making role with Ft. Sooy No Limit.

Bocot, who indicated he's doing well in core classes and is on target to qualify, may redshirt his first season regardless. "I think I'm going to sit out my first year and get bigger and stronger. I won't lose any eligibility."

Given last year's tournament success and the proceeding higher-profile this year for the Missouri Valley, more and more top notch prospects see the league as a viable option straight out of high school.

"Some people go for the name on the jersey and don't look into the program. I looked into the program and they had a real good program."

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