Roth Visits SLU For Third Time

The recruiting attention has picked up in recent weeks for Washington (Ill.) Community High School shooting guard Matt Roth, but the sharpshooter has been able to narrow his focus down to three schools and could make a decision in the next few weeks.

The 6-foot-3 guard is still looking at Saint Louis, Bradley and Indiana.

Roth made a visit to Indiana over the weekend, and on Tuesday made an unofficial visit to Saint Louis University for the third time since Rick Majerus was hired as the Billikens' new coach.

"It went really well," Roth said Wednesday afternoon. "I'd seen most of it. I got to hang out with most of the players. I got to hang out with the team. I got to talk to some people in the business department."

Roth also enjoyed his first two trips to St. Louis.

"They went well," Roth said in early June. "I got to talk to the coaching staff and meet a couple of the players. They were both two good visits. I think my parents liked the visits as much as I did."

Those visits have kept the Billikens in the picture.

Bradley, whose campus is about 15 minutes from Roth's home, had been recruiting Roth for several years. SLU started recruiting Roth when former Illinois State coach Porter Moser was hired by Majerus as an assistant. Indiana joined the final three after watching Roth in Las Vegas last month and extending a scholarship offer.

Roth said Illinois, a school he grew up as a fan of, is not in the running.

"I‘ve kind of ruled them out," he said. "It's too late for them to jump in. I'm far enough along where I feel like I have three great schools that I'm interested in and who are interested in me." Now, Roth has to try to figure this stuff out in the next few weeks.

Does he want to stay home and play in the Missouri Valley Conference?

Does he want to play in the Big Ten Conference?

Does he want to play for Majerus?

The Billikens, who already have commitments from five players in Roth's class, have shown they want to the Illinois sharpshooter.

"They're asking me to come in and be a guy who is a big-impact guy," Roth said. "They see me having a good career there. They see me being an impact guy. That's something that intrigues me."

Roth was an Associated Press first-team all-state selection after averaging 21.1 points per game as a junior. He was a Mid-Illini Conference first-team selection after helping the school win its third straight outright league title and was the MVP of the Pekin Holiday Tournament.

Roth made 143 3-pointers, which was three short of the state record, and made 48.1 percent of his 297 attempts. He made 100 3-pointers as a freshman and 86 as a sophomore. Roth made 12 3-pointers in a game in December in which he scored 37 points.

He has a career scoring average of 16.4 points per game, with 1,439 points (fourth in school history) in 88 games. He is a career 44.5 percent 3-point shooter (329 of 739) and 84.4 percent free throw shooter (168 of 199).

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