Roundtree Makes Another Commitment

Torres Roundtree had plenty of time to think about his decision. After committing to Southern Illinois in February and then decommitting in July, the combo guard from McCluer North High School in suburban St. Louis finally realized what school was the best fit for him.

Roundtree has once again pledged to sign with Chris Lowery's Salukis during the early signing period after making another commitment on Thursday.

"I've been talking to other schools like Baylor, SIU, Illinois State and Missouri State," Roundtree said. "I visited USC for an unofficial. But at the end of the day SIU felt like home. I decommitted because I thought I might just be blinding myself to what other schools had to offer."

The half-brother of former Duke standout and Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year Chris Carrawell, Roundtree was the St. Louis Post-Dispatch player of the year as a junior after leading the Stars to their first state championship. He averaged 17.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.6 steals per game as the Stars went 26-3.

The 6-foot-3 combo guard, ranked as the 35th-best shooting guard in the Class of 2008 by Scout.com, put on a show at the final four at Mizzou Arena in Columbia.

He scored 17 points in the second half of the semifinal victory over Lindbergh and then scored a career-high 38 points, on 13-of-15 shooting, and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds in a 69-57 victory over Kansas City Rockhurst in the championship game.

Two of Roundtree's McCluer North teammates have already committed to Division I schools. Forward Anthony Booker committed to SIU soon after Roundtree did in February. Shooting guard Femi John committed to Saint Louis University and new coach Rick Majerus in late June.

Booker, a 6-8 forward, averaged 9.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game as a junior — his first year as a varsity starter — but gained recognition with several strong performances in July playing for the Gateway Basketball Club. He went from being unranked to being ranked 55th in his class and 16th among power forwards by Scout.com.

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