On Saturday, BillikenReport.com took headed across the river to check out some of the St. Louis metro area's better talents at SIU-Edwardsville.
C.J. Rivers – He's a legitimate 6'2", and maybe taller. He does a very good job of running a team, and has vastly improved his outside shot. Rivers is one to watch for a SLU offer if he has a strong July.
Darreon Reddick – There's no doubt that Reddick can score when he wants to. My biggest question with him is does he fit well with a team? I would like to see him be more supportive of teammates and talk more as a leader of his high school squad. SLU will certainly track him in the Live Period coming up, but it remains to be seen whether or not he will receive an offer.
Darius Austin – Evaluating Austin is honestly frustrating. He shows flashes of getting to the bucket and scoring. After watching him for the last three years though, the improvement just hasn't been what it should be. I project him as a low-major prospect at this point.
Armon Fletcher – Excellent athlete and works hard around the rim. He doesn't have much of a game outside of 10 feet, but showed occasional ability to step out and shoot. He's still wiry and will need to grow, but he would fit in very well as an athletic 4-man at the low-major level.
Shawn Roundtree – I've always liked Roundtree. Few players work harder than he does. He finally picked up his first offer from SIU-Edwardsville this weekend, and I think that will ultimately be the level he fits in at. He is aggressive to the bucket, and can shoot it well. If he were 2-3 inches taller, I think mid-major and mid-plus schools would be lining up for him.
Robin Thompson – His aggression and game have really improved with the help of playing several years on the EYBL circuit. Thompson holds several low-major offers, but a couple of mid-majors are closely tracking him and I would expect him to gain a few more offers in July. The nephew of Earl Austin Jr., he's got a solid basketball pedigree.
D'Tae McMurray – This cat just gets buckets from deep. He is a strong player that will make some low-major or Division II school very happy. He needs to focus more on his own game as opposed to jawing with opponents, but there's no doubt that he's good enough to contribute.
Emondre Rickman – Rickman has grown about two inches from the last time I saw him, and he could really be one to watch in the class. There aren't a lot of talented players in his class in St. Louis, and he possesses nice athleticism and a solid set of post moves. Keep your eye on this kid from Collinsville. He runs with the Southwest Illinois Jets on the AAU circuit.
Carlos Anderson – Physically, he looks like a college player already. He is athletic and can score on the post-up and mid-range. In order to become a more impressive prospect, he needs to work on his outside shot. At 6-foot-3, he's currently a forward, but will need to develop a more advanced guard skillset.
Jordan Barnes – There really aren't many guards will better vision at his age. His outside shot will need to improve, but there's a lot to like with Barnes. I've now seen him on a number of occasions, and he knows how to run a squad and get his own as well. He also doesn't mind bodying up on defense against stronger, bigger opponents.
Christian Willis – You can call him Instant Offense. Willis knows how to score, and score often. He's only about 5-foot-11 or six-foot, but he's got a very strong frame and can stroke it from behind the three-point line. The big question with him is will he continue to grow? He looks quite mature physically, and so it's difficult to project where he will be a few years down the line. He also must work on his ball handling. For a kid of his size, he will need to turn into a point guard or shooting guard – where right now he fits in as a "3" due to his strength.
Xavier Sneed – Outside of Jayson Tatum, Sneed is my favorite local 2016 talent. He's a legitimate 6-foot-4 and has impressive wing skills. He can also put it on the deck and finish strong at the rim. You'd like to see a more refined outside jumpshot, and that would really complete an already strong package of skills. He is definitely someone that SLU will be watching closely over the next few seasons.
Jordan Goodwin – From the home of former SLU star Kevin Lisch, Goodwin may just be the next fine player out of Althoff. He's a bulky 6-foot-1, and he can take you off the dribble to the rim, or knock down a deep triple on you. I really like him, and I think he could be a SLU target down the road.
2014 Peyton Allen – Allen was at SLU on Saturday for a team camp, and showed very well, per sources. His offensive game would fit in well with the Billikens, and defensively he will continue to work to become a stopper.
2015 Cole Harper -- Word on the street was that Harper showed out at camp on Saturday. He's a 6-foot-5 wing that plays with Allen in high school, and both are a part of the Jets AAU organization. I'm looking forward to seeing him soon