McCluer North's John Has Two Favorites

McCluer North junior guard Femi John garnered a scholarship offer from former Saint Louis University basketball coach Brad Soderberg months ago, but he's still waiting to hear if he'll get an offer from new coach Rick Majerus.

John made an unofficial visit to SLU on May 18 and was supposed to visit the campus for the second time on Thursday afternoon. But the 6-foot-4 John couldn't make that visit, because he had practice with his Gateway Basketball Club.

Still, it's not hard to tell John is a big fan of the Billikens.

John currently holds three scholarship offers — Missouri State, Northern Iowa and Southeast Missouri State — though he previously had offers from both SLU and Illinois State before coaching changes at those schools.

The former Illinois State coach is Porter Moser, who is now an assistant under Majerus with the Billikens. John said Moser has suggested Majerus should offer from SLU, but the head coach is reviewing John on film first.

The Stars guard, who has a 3.5 grade-point average and has already achieved a qualifying ACT score, said he is still talking with Missouri, Illinois, Wichita State and Illinois State.

John's two favorites right now, he said, are Saint Louis and Missouri.

"Missouri is close," he said. "It's the Big 12 Conference. It's Mizzou, you know. They play the top competition, like Kansas. I like Coach (Mike) Anderson.

"SLU is a little more appealing. It's closer to home. My family can come see me play a lot. The new facilities are going to be great. Coach Majerus, his history is outstanding, more so than coach Anderson. I think it's a good fit for me."

The athletic guard could receive an offer from the Billikens soon.

If he does …

"I'd be really interested," John said. "I won't make my decision until the end of July, though."

John's cousin, Will John, had a strong but brief soccer career at Saint Louis University, where he was an all-conference player and among the Billikens' leading scorers as a freshman and sophomore.

Will is currently in his third season in the MLS, and second season with his hometown Kansas City Wizards.

Femi and Will's fathers came from Nigeria. Femi and Will, a forward-midfielder, both wear the No. 13.

John helped lead McCluer North to the school's first basketball state championship a couple months ago. He averaged 15.3 points per game and made 28.4 percent of his 3-point attempts. In the Stars' six playoff victories, John averaged 16.2 points per game.

Two of John's teammates, juniors Torres Roundtree and Anthony Booker, committed to Southern Illinois during the high school season. Roundtree, the half-brother of former Duke standout and Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year Chris Carrawell, is a 6-4 combo guard. Booker is a 6-8 forward.

With those three players returning, McCluer North will be the favorite to repeat as the Missouri Class 5 champions next season.

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