Foreign Post Prospect Makes First Visit

One of the hot prospects on the college basketball recruiting trail made an official visit to Saint Louis University this weekend and watched the Billikens host Southern Illinois on Saturday night at Chaifetz Arena.

It would have been hard for fans to miss Rob Loe, a 6-foot-11 center from New Zealand who is in the United States visiting colleges.

The 18-year-old Loe, who was born in England, has become an intriguing prospect for college coaches.

He proved he could play at a high level when he averaged 18.8 points, 7 rebounds and 2.5 assists per contest and made 18 of 29 3-point attempts (62.1 percent) in four games at the 2009 FIBA U-19 World Championships last summer, the same event that Saint Louis U. freshman Christian Salecich and signee Cody Ellis played in while representing Australia.

The first stop on Loe's tour of schools took him to the Midwest where he watched the Billikens defeat Southern Illinois 71-61 in front of a season-best crowd of 9,483 fans.

"They are a good team," Loe said. "They are lacking depth at the big spots, but they are good. They work well together. They have a good coach. They are a good team."

Loe also liked what he saw from Chaifetz Arena, SLU's on-campus facility that opened a year ago.

"Our stadiums are half the size," he said.

Loe has four official visits scheduled while he is in the United States. He said he will go to the University of Colorado on Monday, then visit Arizona and Pittsburgh before returning home to New Zealand.

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