Cassity, Cotto sign with Billikens

The Saint Louis University basketball program officially added two more members to its recruiting class on Wednesday as Kyle Cassity and Ruben Cotto signed their letters of intent.

Cassity is a 6-foot-4 guard from Pinckneyville (Ill.) High School, where he averaged 20 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists as a senior and led the Panthers to a 28-6 record and a fourth-place finish at the Illinois Class 2A state tournament.

Cassity picked the Billikens over Southern Illinois and Michigan.


Ruben Cotto drives past Femi John

"Kyle is the product of a storied high school program," Majerus said in a press release. "He has been extremely well-coached and understands the nuances of the game. Kyle is among the two or three best passers I have seen during the course of this past season. He has the unique ability to make the appropriate play and pass with the precise timing. The game makes sense to him as he spaces the floor and moves without the ball. There are few people who can pass the ball in transition, to a post and off dribble penetration. Kyle has all of those characteristics."

A native of Puerto Rico, Cotto is a 6-foot guard from Alton (Ill) High School who previously played at La Salle High School in Florida as a sophomore and junior. He averaged 22.3 points, 5 rebounds, 4.1 steals and 3.2 assists per game and made 72 of 199 3-point attempts (36.2 percent) as a senior as Alton went 24-7.

"We are excited because it is not often you find yourself as physical and strong of a player who is athletic, skilled and yet genuinely tough," Majerus said in the release. "He is tenacious on both sides of the ball, which is indicative of his heart, character and temperament. The skill set is there, but best of all the psychological profile is one of a winner with Ruben. He is a real competitor and plays a man's game."

Cassity and Cotto give Saint Louis a seven-member recruiting class. They join Whitefish Bay (Wis.) Dominican High point guard Kwamain Mitchell, 7-foot center Brett Thompson from Vienna, Ill., 6-11 power forward Willie Reed from Bishop Miege High in Shawnee Mission, Kan., 6-4 shooting guard Femi John from McCluer North High in suburban St. Louis and 6-8 North Eugene, Ore., forward Brian Conklin.


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