Harrellson Setting Up Visits

Though he wasn't able to take the official visit he wanted to this weekend, Southwestern Illinois College freshman Josh Harrellson spent several hours at the new Chaifetz Arena on the Saint Louis University campus on Saturday.

The 6-foot-9, 260-pound center sat in the stands to watch all three of the McDonald's Riverwar High School Basketball All-Star Games at Chaifetz Arena.

Harrellson is still waiting to officially be released from his letter of intent to Western Illinois that he signed a year and a half ago. But he's already planning visits to interested schools in the next few weeks.

"I'm still undecided right now," Harrellson said on Saturday night. "I'm still torn between five schools. It's probably going to come down between SLU, Kentucky, Purdue, Indiana and Mizzou. Probably those five schools."

Harrellson was supposed to make an official visit to Saint Louis U. on Friday and Saturday, but he wasn't able to make that trip because of a hang-up with his release.

"I didn't get released by the NCAA clearinghouse in time," Harrellson said. "I get released Monday, probably. So I'll still be able to take my visit to Kentucky and then I'll be coming back to SLU in two weeks."

Those are the only official visits the freshmen center has set up so far.

"Those are the only two I have lined up," Harrellson said. "I guess whatever pops up, pops up. If nothing pops up, I guess my decision will be easier."

Harrellson said he likes Saint Louis and Kentucky.

"Those are my top two right now," he said.

Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie was supposed to have an in-home visit with Harrellson on Thursday night, after the recruiting dead period was over, but that wasn't able to happen because of the snag with the clearinghouse.

Still, the Wildcats coach has made it known he likes the versatile big man.

"He tells me that he really wants me and that I'll be a starter," Harrellson said. "Supposedly they started a walk-on last year at the four spot, so he said if I come in I should get plenty of playing time, I should be a great contributor."

At Saint Louis, Harrellson would become the Billikens' go-to guy in the middle for the next three seasons as either a power forward or center.

With the recent announcement that four players are transferring, SLU has only four players returning next year in seniors Kevin Lisch, Tommie Liddell III and Barry Eberhardt and sophomore Paul Eckerle. Eberhardt, a 6-6 forward, is the team's only returning post player.

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