2014 Recruits Visit SLU Game

Two players from Notre Dame for Boys HS took a visit to Saint Louis University for a recent game against George Washington. Hear what they thought of the school and where their recruitment stands.

Saint Louis University had their first Atlantic 10 home game on Saturday night, and a few visitors were in attendance.

Notre Dame College Prep in Niles assistant coach Michael Flood spoke to BillikenReport.com about the visit and what his two players, sophomores Duante Stephens and Jon Johnson, thought of the game and the school as a whole.

The SLU staff has spent a fair amount of time in the Chicago area, and more specifically at ND College Prep.

"[Chris] Harriman and Coach {Tony] Young came up last year for a kid that went to our school," Flood said referring to Quinton Chievous. "Then now you've got Jim Whitesell who is obviously familiar with the Chicago area."

Although the team's first goal is being good teammates to one another, Flood said that both Stephens and Johnson have proved that they're the best defensive players on his team, which is very important for success on the high school level.

"We put Duante on the other team's best player," Flood said. "On offense, he has the ability to create and is a slasher to the basket."

Johnson provides a nice inside presence at 6-foot-7 with some room to grow.

"He's got to get stronger," Flood said. "But with his height he can really alter shots and play well on the block."

Both players have received early interest from Illinois, Saint Louis, Tennessee, Akron, Illinois State, Detroit, and Loyola (IL) so far.

The players also got a chance to see the campus before SLU tipped off against GW.

"We had a great visit to SLU," Flood said. "To see a team of SLU's caliber, the players were really impressed. The way they defended is similar to ours, and then the facilities are great. Some of the big majors like UNC, Duke, Michigan State would love to have facilities like SLU has."

They also got to see how Rick Majerus coaches in-game.

"He's one of the most recognized coaches there is," Flood said. "It was great for the kids to see what he expected out of his team."

With Stephens still a 14-year-old sophomore and Johnson continuing to learn the game in their first year on varsity, these will be two players to track throughout the summer and into their junior seasons.

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