Saint Louis University head men's basketball coach Rick Majerus announced that 6-foot-2 guard Daniel Lisch (Belleville, Ill. / Belleville West) has joined the Billiken basketball squad. With the addition of Lisch, one scholarship is still available for this season.
"Basketball is a passion for Daniel, and he has a great love of the game," Majerus said. "What drew me to him was the stellar defensive job he did last season on (SLU signee) Ruben Cotto. Daniel is an extraordinary competitor, has worked diligently on his shooting and has made great progress on his ball handling.
"There is no question as to Daniel's character, on and off the court, and his commitment to being an outstanding student-athlete," Majerus said. "As we all know, NCAA scholarships are tendered on a year-by-year basis, and Daniel's competitiveness and commitment as well as his character should add to our team spirit as well as our goal of having extremely competitive practices this season."
As a senior, Lisch averaged 9.2 ppg and 3.0 rpg this past season for the Maroons and helped the team post 15 victories. He led the team in assists and ranked third in the Southwestern Conference in free throw percentage (76.8). Lisch also ranked in the top 10 in the conference in 3-point field goals made per game and steals per game.
Lisch has two siblings who also play basketball for the Billikens. Kevin Lisch is a senior guard for the men's team, and junior guard Theresa Lisch is a member of the SLU women's team. Lisch also has an older sister, Stephanie, who played Division I basketball at Indiana State.
Daniel Lisch is the eighth member of SLU's incoming recruiting class that also includes center Brett Thompson, point guard Kwamain Mitchell, power forward Willie Reed, shooting guard Femi John, forward Brian Conklin, swingman Kyle Cassity and guard Ruben Cotto.