John Commits To Billikens

Femi John spent a lot of time on the Saint Louis University campus this weekend with his McCluer North teammates at the SLU Team Camp. It now looks like he'll be calling the place home for the next few years.

John committed to the Billikens on Sunday afternoon, becoming SLU's fourth verbal commitment from the high school Class of 2008 since Rick Majerus took over as head coach.

"I think he's done a great job," John said. "He's only been there about 50 days. He's done a great job. You want to play for a winner. That's the name of the game. You want to play for a winner. SLU has a great education, a new arena and it's at home. What more could you want? I'm looking forward to winning. I'm excited."

John received a scholarship offer from former Saint Louis U. coach Brad Soderberg before his junior season, but he had to wait a little while after the coaching change to get it back.

Once he did, he knew where he wanted to go.

"On the first visit I came here, it was No. 1 on my list," John said. "I've been to a couple camps and Missouri State said I was their No. 1 recruit. I just felt like SLU was the best fit."

First, he had to clear the decision with someone else.

"Honestly, it was just my mom," John said. "I wanted to make sure my mom was happy with where I was going. She's my mom. My dad, he's been excited since the first visit we made down here. We knew this was where we wanted to be."

A 6-foot-4 shooting guard, John picked SLU over scholarship offers from Missouri State, Northern Iowa and Southeast Missouri State and interest from schools like Purdue, Missouri and Wichita State.

"I just feel like all the schools that I've been talking to, I think they've seen me play enough," he said. "If all those other schools wanted me, they would have given me an offer. Majerus watched the tape and offered me. He wanted me."

John has played well recently in camps at Mizzou and Missouri State and looked good on Saturday and Sunday at the SLU Team Camp, even though his Stars squad was upset in the semifinals. The Stars' shooting guard may have been the best overall player at this weekend's camp.

"I think I've gotten better," John said. "I want to give a lot of credit to the people that want to help me. My uncle. My dad. My teammate, Torres (Roundtree). We argue a lot, but when we go to the gym together, we put in work. We've been shooting 400, 500 shots every day."

The McCluer North guard, whose cousin Will played soccer at SLU, is impressed with the recent recruiting developments for the Billikens, getting commitments from Class of 2008 center Brett Thompson, power forward Willie Reed and point guard Kwamain Mitchell.

"It was stressful," John said of the recruiting process. "I've been doing this almost a whole year now. It's over now. Now I can just focus on my game and get better and hopefully come in and play freshman year, bring something to the table."

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. He scored a game-high 25 points in a quarterfinal overtime victory against Webster Groves to send the Stars to state.

Two of John's teammates, juniors Torres Roundtree and Anthony Booker, committed to Southern Illinois during the high school season. Roundtree is a 6-4 combo guard. Booker is a 6-8 forward.

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