McCluer North (Mo.) Guard Gets MU's Attention

McCluer North shooting guard Femi John entered the season with a few scholarship offers in his back pocket from low-to-mid majors. But after a strong junior year during which the 6-foot-4, 200-pound athlete averaged 16 points and healped lead his team to a state title, a handful of major college programs are giving him a long look – and that list includes the Missouri Tigers.

"Melvin Watkins called last week to say they're going to be recruiting him," McCluer North coach Randy Reed told "They have seen him play three times. Mike Anderson watched him play in the state championship against K.C. Rockhurst."

The question about John could be a matter of where he wants to go and where he'll have the best opportunity, Reed said. While schools such as Saint Louis University, Northern Iowa have offered, with a strong summer performance he could end up with the opportunity to play in the Big 12 and Big 10. Reed said UNLV has also been calling recently.

SLU's Brad Soderberg tendered a very early offer to John and is putting the press on him, while Southern Illinois is interested as well, and has gotten commits from two of his teammates – Torres Roundtree and Anthony Booker.

"You never know about kids, whether they'll decide to shoot for the stars, or go where they can [definitely] play," Reed said. John's recruiting profile "could blow up or he could stay the same [this summer]."

An all-conference and honorable mention all-state selection, John is a classic athletic 2-guard. He's not n deadeye outside marksman but has excellent strength, athleticism and an advanced mid-rage game. That's where he scored the majority of his points, Reed said.

"He has great range and a great pull-up jump shot. Sometimes his shots just barely touch the net, like ‘swoooosh,'" Reed said. "Combine that with his athleticism and that's what colleges like.

He's also a good student and has strong character, Reed said. And his body, at 16 years old, is ready-made for Division I hoops.

"He just brings so much to the table," Reed said.

John will play with the Gateway Athletic Club, alongside sophomore star Tyler Griffey. Griffey's status is sure to earn John some extra looks from scouts. will keep you posted as John's recruitment begins to develop…

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