John Excited For Future At SLU

Of the four Billikens verbal commitments who made official visits to Saint Louis University last weekend, one of them — shooting guard Femi John from McCluer North High in suburban St. Louis — didn't have to travel nearly as far as some of his future teammates.

But like Brett Thompson, Kwamain Mitchell and Brian Conklin, the other commitments to visit the campus over the weekend, the 6-foot-3 John also enjoyed his trip to SLU.

"It went good," John said. "We just did a lot of hanging out, kind of bonding with us four and the team and coach (Rick) Majerus and the coaching staff. We had a lot of fun."

John, who arrived on campus on Thursday evening and left on Saturday around noon, had met Thompson previously when the Billikens hosted North Carolina. But this was his first time meeting Mitchell, a point guard from Wisconsin, and Conklin, a forward from Oregon.

"It was fun," he said. "We just chilled. We talked a lot of basketball and stuff and plans for the future. It was fun."

John said he got to know one of his future teammates very well.

"I think I bonded well with Kwamain," he said. "We talked about staying together. The team shares apartments, with two to a room. We're probably going to be roommates."

The foursome was able to sit down with current members of the Billikens squad and watch the 1998 NCAA championship game when Majerus led his Utah Utes against Kentucky.

"They played defense and they all rebounded," John said. Those are two things we noticed. They were a fundamentally sound team."

The McCluer North guard was also impressed with his future teammates.

The four players found their way to West Pine gym to shoot around a couple times over the three days they were on campus. John said he was impressed with Thompson's shooting range that extended past the NBA 3-point line, Mitchell's athleticism and leaping ability and Conklin's strength as an interior player.

Meeting those other players and being on campus has added to John's enthusiasm for his freshman year at SLU.

"I was excited before, but that kind of showed me that it's coming," he said, "hanging out with the team and the other recruits."

John is ready to go now.

"I can't wait," he said. "I'm ready to get out of the house."

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