Saint Louis Gets Big Commitment

The Saint Louis University basketball team's season ended with a loss in the College Basketball Invitational on Wednesday night. But on Thursday afternoon the Billikens scored a major victory with a commitment from a highly-recruited foreign post prospect.

Rob Loe is a 7-foot post player from Auckland, New Zealand who was born in England. He made an official visit to Saint Louis University back in December and watched the Billikens defeat Southern Illinois at Chaifetz Arena.

Loe committed to SLU after also considering Colorado, Georgia Tech, Arizona, Saint Mary's, and Pittsburgh.

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 18-year-old Loe was recently one of 10 players selected to participate for the World Team in the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland on April 10.

Loe was impressed with SLU on December 5 when he watched the Billikens defeat Southern Illinois 71-61 in front 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 before the 2008-09 season.

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

Loe left Saint Louis to take official visits to the University of Colorado and Pittsburgh before returning home to New Zealand. He later returned to the United States to make official visits to Georgia Tech and Saint Mary's.

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