Belger Weighing Options

As a sophomore, Courtney Belger was a defensive-minded point guard who didn't worry about providing much offense on a team with several scoring options. Two years later, Belger is proving he can also score and his list of college suitors is now growing.

A 6-foot-2, 180-pound senior at University City (Mo.) High School, Belger has established himself as one of the better point guards in the St. Louis area and is gaining more attention from college coaches.

"I'm very relieved," Belger said. "I was like, man, what's going on?"

Belger has played the last three summers with the St. Louis Eagles — playing alongside guys like Scott Suggs (University of Washington signee), John Brandenburg (Virginia), Torres Roundtree (Southern Illinois and Drew Hanlen (Belmont) — so he wasn't lacking for exposure.

But now the point guard has added more diversity to his game.

"This year I'm just scoring," Belger said. "I never used to score. That's what it might be."

Belger, who has played at three different high schools the last three years, has grown a couple inches and continues improving his strong all-around game.

As a sophomore at Fort Zumwalt West High School, where he played with Louisville signee Jared Swopshire, Belger averaged more steals (3.4) and assists (3.2) than points (2.7) per game.

As a junior at Gateway Tech, Belger averaged 11.9 points per game.

In 15 games with U. City this season, Belger is averaging 14.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 3.7 steals per game.

"Sophomore year I never really cared about scoring at all because we were good," Belger said. "Junior year I didn't have any schools (recruiting me) so I thought maybe I will have to start scoring more."

Schools have paid attention.

Belger said he's got a top six of Montana State, Eastern Kentucky, North Carolina Central, Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne, Missouri-Kansas City and Northern Iowa and claims scholarship offers from Montana State and North Carolina Central and Eastern Kentucky.

Belger, who said he's being recruited mostly as a point guard but also as a shooting guard, is not ready to make a decision on his college destination, but he is getting closer.

"I'm still kind of open and waiting to see what happens, but I know it's getting close to that time. Me and my parents are going to have to have a sit-down talk in a month or so."

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