When six-foot point guard Hakim Saintil watches Saint Louis University, he sees himself.
"Saint Louis is my style of play," he told BillikenReport.com. "They have recruited small guards in the past. They know how to develop them. I see some of myself in them."
Another appealing part of the Billikens is the Atlantic 10 Conference.
"Outside the power conferences, it's right there," Saintil said. "It's one of the best. SLU was probably the most underrated team in the country until people started noticing how good they were."
Fairfield has come on strong recently, but they came in late to the process. That hasn't stopped Saintil from taking notice of their program.
"They have two guards graduating, so I see an opportunity," he said. "The coach is a former point guard as well."
Although he has yet to visit either school, he said he fully intends on checking out both campuses before making an April decision.
So what will he bring to a college program?
"My game has pretty much changed since the summer," he said. "I'm a do-it-all point guard. If you need me to score I can score, if you need me to rebound, I can do that. If you need me to dish out assists, I can do that too. My main thing though is defense. I'm good on and off the ball."
Saintil also noted that SLU has one of the better defenses in the country year-in and year-out.
"You see yourself fitting into the program," he said. "They play a physical, scrappy game."
Improving on everything is largely a trait of every high school player, but decision-making and staying under control at all times are the key points of emphasis for Saintil.
Although he's unofficial trimmed his list to two, he's open to other schools entering the mix.
Keep it locked on BillikenReport.com for more information as this recruitment develops!