During the season, "off-days" are hard to come by for Division I coaches.
After SLU's most recent game at Charlotte, the coaching staff has been out-and-about seeing players from across the Midwest.
Chris Harriman, one of the Billikens assistant coaches, was in to see CBC's trio of 2014 prospects -- Jordan Barnett, Pat McCaw, and Raymond Doby. He also saw 2013 Jordan Martin recently, and will see 2012 Darrell Johnson today, according to sources. Johnson is a bit of an unknown to many. He's a 6-foot-8 inside presence that does a good job of cleaning the glass and using his frame on the block. Several individuals have told me that he could be a JUCO player first, but that is yet to be determined.
Jim Whitesell was patrolling his old stomping grounds of Chicago. It offered SLU a good chance to see Proviso East guard and 2012 signee Keith Carter. His team is currently 14-0, and Carter has played really well this year. He should be a great addition to the Billiken backcourt.
The other 2012 signee, Jared Drew, has had a nice last few weeks. His Cathedral squad advanced to the city championship, and a member of the SLU staff will be checking in on that game, I'm told.
Another spot that the staff may hit because they don't have a game until Duquesne visits on Saturday, is Iowa. There are a couple JUCO players there that SLU has its eyes on.
The most important development is the attention being paid to the local CBC's three sophomores. Getting a chance to slide in early with three fine local prospects speaks volumes. Alabama and Missouri have sent coaches, and Illinois' Bruce Weber watched a practice recently while he was in town to see commit Malcolm Hill.
I've seen Barnett and McCaw on numerous occasions this year, and they show about as much promise as any sophomores in the area. Doby is playing JV because of transfer rules, but he's practicing with the varsity and has been doing very well from reports I've been given.