Bartley Takes In SLU

With school still a little ways off, 2014 guard Marcus Bartley checked out Saint Louis University on Thursday to get an idea of what the Billikens had to offer. He spoke to about his time on campus.

Three-star point guard Marcus Bartley traveled south from Decatur to Saint Louis to check out what the Billikens were all about on Thursday, and he liked what he saw.

"It was a great visit," he told "It was a very nice campus. Just seeing the classrooms and buildings was great. They have top-notch facilities."

He also had a chance to sit down with the coaching staff and speak about his recruitment and game.

"They told me they liked my game," he said. "They believe I can be a great player and be part of their rotation of guards if I work hard and earn it. You have to earn everything with them and I liked that."

Coach Jim Platt has been active in his recruitment recently with Coach Jim Whitesell's departure to St. John's.

"I didn't really speak much to Coach [Jim] Crews before today, so he just wants the opportunity to build that relationship with me," he said. "The coaching staff was great. Real cool and real honest."

So much so that the talented 6-foot-3 guard didn't receive an offer on his visit.

"They want the chance to get to know me better before extending an offer and I can appreciate that," he said. "It's definitely one of my top visits so far if not the top one."

DePaul, Creighton, Oklahoma State are also seriously in the mix, according to Bartley.

At this point, he will be taking visits in the hopes of narrowing down schools and making a decision before his high school season starts.

"I don't have a timetable per se," he said. "I want to go somewhere where it's a family atmosphere and where I can be the best player I can be."

In the grand scheme of things, there's still some time to go in his recruitment, but one school seems to have a little leg up at this point.

"They're all even right now I guess," he said. "But Saint Louis definitely made a mark in my mind."

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