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Class of 2017 Intro: Brandon McKissic

Class of 2017 point guard Brandon McKissic already has two early scholarship offers, but should generate considerable recruiting interest this spring and summer while playing with the St. Louis Eagles.

St. Louis University High point guard Brandon McKissic may be the classic sleeper as a Division I prospect, but that figures to change before too long. 

A 6-foot-2, 185-pounder, McKissic just finished up a junior season in which he averaged 15.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game and led his Junior Billikens squad to a 21-10 record and a third-place finish in Missouri’s Class 5.

“I felt like I had a prominent role on my team, scoring and being a leader,” said McKissic, who will be playing with the St. Louis Eagles’ 17U squad on the EYBL circuit. “Led my team to another back-to-back state final four appearance.”

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SLUH finished fourth at state a year earlier when McKissic, just a sophomore, averaged a team-high 13.8 points per game. 

“He’s just a special kid, so coachable and his humility makes him easy to teach,” St. Louis University High coach Erwin Claggett said. “He’s really only scratching the surface on how good he can be. He has a chance to be the best player in the state next year. He’s so explosive and skilled and uses his tools within the framework of the offense.”

McKissic has two mid-major scholarship offers so far — from Missouri-Kansas City and Missouri State — but his recruiting should pick up when coaches see him on the EYBL circuit. 

“This spring I’ll probably take a couple visits to DePaul and Indiana State, just get my college visits going,” he said. “It’s going to be good.”

McKissic will be playing with a loaded Eagles squad that will include Illinois standouts Jordan Goodwin, Tim Finke and Jeremiah Tilmon and Tennessee lead guard Darius Garland

The Eagles were led by high-major talents like Jayson Tatum, Tyler Cook and Xavier Sneed a year ago, but the talent level in the program hasn’t fallen off this year. That makes even practice sessions so competitive that the players are forced to get better.

“It’s crazy,” McKissic said. “It was like that last year too. We had so much talent in that gym too. It’s competitive everywhere. When you play a scrimmage, you have to expect play your A game or you’re going to look silly. You have to play your A game.”

McKissic considers himself a true point guard who can run the offense, be a leader and get his teammates involved while also being able to provide scoring. 

He looks like he’ll be able to be that kind of player at the next level, something he should be able to prove with the Eagles this spring and summer. But he’s still working hard to improve. 

“I’m working to get better on my outside shot, catch and shoot,” McKissic said. “I have to knock down those wide-open shots, so I have to make sure I’m working on that. My strengths are my ball-handling and getting to the rim and being a leader as a point guard.”

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