Leverette Drawing Attention

One of the surprises of the 2006-07 high school basketball season in Illinois was the postseason run by the O'Fallon High Panthers. Leading the way was a junior do-everything guard named Kenny Leverette.

The Panthers are back at it again this winter and once again it is Leverette getting the job done.

After winning seven of its last eight games to close out last season, O'Fallon has started this season with a perfect 10-0 record. The Panthers are averaging 72.6 points per game while allowing 60.4 per contest.

"We lost a couple guys, but we replaced our point guard," Leverette said. "We still don't have a tall post player like we did last year but we're doing good without it."

One of the reasons for that success is Leverette, a strong 6-foot-3, 190-pounder who is currently playing point guard for the Panthers but projects as a versatile shooting guard at the next level.

As a junior, Leverette averaged 13.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.8 steals per game as O'Fallon went 28-8 and finished second in Illinois Class AA.

This season Leverette is averaging 15 points, 8.6 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 2.4 steals and 1 blocked shot per game. He leads the team in rebounding, assists, steals and blocked shots and is second in scoring.

He's starting to see more college attention as well. He said he picked up a scholarship offer from Youngstown State a month ago and now has interest from Saint Louis University.

"They're just telling me that they're interested in me," Leverette said of SLU. "They're going to come watch a couple of my games. They said they're going to keep me posted and send me letters."

Leverette already has some connections to SLU. He's played against junior guard Kevin Lisch and freshman forward Anthony Mitchell and also Saint Louis signee Femi John from McCluer North High in suburban St. Louis.

The Panthers' standout also watched SLU defeat Southern Illinois 56-51 on Saturday night at Scottrade Center and came away impressed.

For now, Leverette will play the waiting game to see what develops with schools like SLU and Southern Illinois and others that have shown interest.

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