Cassity Finds Home Near Home

Kyle Cassity went from low-major to mid-major to Atlantic 10 player as quickly as anyone this year. On Thursday night, the Pinkneyville senior made his call.

The St. Louis Billikens scored a solid spring commitment Thursday evening. Kyle Cassity, a 6-foot-5 wing out of Pinkneyville (Ill.) High gave his word to Rick Majerus after considering Southern Illinois, Michigan, Evansville and UMKC.

As a senior, Cassity averaged 19.5 points a game. His recruitment took on a life of its own after the Marshall County Hoopfest. At the event, Cassity proved his toughness when he dislocated a finger, went back into the game and began throwing his body around on the court.

"St. Louis is close to home and they've got a legendary coach," Cassity said. "Everything was great on the visit and they stuck out.

Cassity figured Arkansas State and UMKC would be good places for him and then all of the sudden his game made a jump and schools in different leagues began bringing him onto their campuses.

"When we went into it, there weren't many schools that were looking. (St. Louis) came in during the season and kept coming. I went over for a visit and I thought it was the place.

A hustling, cerebral prospect, Cassity had to first convince himself and then college recruiters of his ability to succeed at this level. "I think I can play at that level. I'm going to do everything I can to get it done."

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