John Gets Offer From SLU

McCluer North guard Femi John had a scholarship offer from Saint Louis University before his junior season, but he had to wait a little while after the coaching change to get it back. John called new Billikens coach Rick Majerus on Thursday night and was told he once again had an offer from SLU.

"I was surprised at the timing, but everybody has been telling me he was going to offer," John said on Friday. "I was excited, but I was surprised by the timing. I thought I would get it near the end of July."

"I was excited," he continued. "I was at my dad's house watching the game. Everyone was excited."

A 6-foot-4 shooting guard, John now has four scholarship offers — SLU, Missouri State, Northern Iowa and Southeast Missouri State — while he continues to talk to schools like Purdue, Missouri and Wichita State.

John told in May that SLU and Mizzou were his two favorites. Now it appears the Billikens are his favorite.

"They're at the top of the list," John said.

John made an unofficial visit to SLU on May 18 and plans to visit the campus again with his father later this month. He said he could make a college decision at the end of June or possibly the end of July, after hitting the tournament circuit with his Gateway Basketball Club.

The McCluer North guard, whose cousin Will played soccer at SLU, has followed the recent recruiting developments for the Billikens. He likes what Majerus has been able to do with commitments from Class of 2008 post players Brett Thompson and Willie Reed and point guard Kwamain Mitchell.

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.

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