Mitchell, Reed "Not Enrolled" At SLU

Saint Louis University released a brief statement on Wednesday afternoon regarding two of the school's basketball players:

"Saint Louis University men's basketball players Kwamain Mitchell and Willie Reed are currently not enrolled at the University. Federal law — the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) — does not allow the University to release any additional information without the consent of the students involved."

Mitchell, a 5-foot-10 junior point guard from Milwaukee, and Reed, a 6-9 junior power forward from Kansas City, were two of the first players coach Rick Majerus and top assistant coach Porter Moser recruited after being hired at Saint Louis in the spring of 2007 following the firing of Brad Soderberg.

Mitchell and Reed were the top two scorers for the Billikens last season as sophomores as SLU went 23-13, finished fourth in the Atlantic 10 Conference and advanced to the finals of the College Basketball Invitational Tournament despite having one of the youngest teams in college basketball.

Mitchell averaged 15.9 points per game, led the Billikens in 3-pointers (64), free throws made (93) and steals (50) and was second in assists (106). He was selected to the Atlantic 10 all-conference second team.

Reed averaged 12.4 points per game and led the team in rebounding (7.9) and blocked shots (73). He was an Atlantic 10 all-conference honorable mention selection.

Saint Louis U., in its fourth season under Majerus, was expected to return its top six leading scorers from last season, including sophomore forward Cody Ellis (10.5 points per game, sophomore guard Christian Salecich (6.4), junior forward Brian Conklin (6.2) and junior guard Kyle Cassity (6.0).

The Billikens also signed a strong recruiting class, led by 6-11 power forward Rob Loe from New Zealand and guards Mike McCall and Jordair Jett.

That recruiting class was expected to add to a Saint Louis University roster that could have been one of the deepest and most talented groups in many years.

That will change with the loss of Mitchell and Reed, though there has not been any determination on when they will be allowed to re-enroll into the university or whether they will choose to continue their careers elsewhere.

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