McCall Commits To Billikens

When he would think about the recruiting process, Chicago Foreman High point guard Mike McCall would consider everyone who had been looking at him and who wanted him the most. This weekend, he made a commitment to a school that had been recruiting him for a while.

McCall, a 6-foot, 170-pound point guard, pledged to coach Rick Majerus and Saint Louis University late Friday night while on his official visit to the school.

"They've been on me the longest," McCall said. "I was paying attention to the schools that had been looking at me the most."

McCall chose the Billikens over Indiana State, Illinois State and Southern Illinois.

It was former Illinois State head coach Porter Moser, now the associate head coach at Saint Louis, who made a big difference in the point guard's recruitment.

"Porter was everywhere," McCall said. "He was at my tournaments and at my open gyms. I saw him all the time."

Another factor was Neuqua Valley High small forward Dwayne Evans, a friend of McCall's who recently made a verbal commitment to the Billikens and has been working on getting his friend to come with him since his pledge.

"It was a good thing," McCall said. "Dwayne is cool. He was down there this weekend and we hung out."

McCall and Evans, an athletic 6-5 small forward, are the first two commitments for SLU's recruiting class that will arrive on campus next fall. McCall is excited to get a chance to play with his friend in St. Louis.

"He plays real hard," McCall said of Evans. "He's a good rebounder. He can score it. He can put the ball on the floor."

Evans and McCall were two of the top uncommitted prospects in Illinois. According to the web site ChicagoHoops.com, Evans was rated as the 18th best prospect in the class of 2010 and McCall was rated sixth.

When asked for an assessment of his game, McCall said: "Quickness, shooting, scoring ability, getting to the basket, getting other people involved. I'll do whatever I can to win. Defending also."

McCall said the Saint Louis U. coaches expect him to come in and contribute to the Billikens right away as a freshman. McCall will likely be either backing up point guard Kwamain Mitchell or playing in the backcourt with him.

"They said they liked me because I like to win, I play to compete," McCall said. "I have a good upside. I can score. I can play the one or the two. They said I can come in and help them."

The Saint Louis U. squad figures to be one of the youngest in the country this season, led by sophomore guards Mitchell and Kyle Cassity and forwards Brian Conklin and Willie Reed.

But the following season, when those four are juniors, the Billikens should be competing for one of the top spots in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

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