Loe Signs With Saint Louis

Saint Louis University basketball coach Rick Majerus today announced that 6-foot-11 forward Rob Loe (Auckland, New Zealand / Westlake) has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the University and play basketball for the Billikens.

"Any discussion about Rob Loe has to begin with what a high-character young man he is," Majerus said. "He is all about team and will be an excellent fit with our players. Rob genuinely cares about people, respects his parents and plays the game for all the right reasons. Rob gives us a strong 4 man. He has the versatility to play on the perimeter, off the elbow or down low. He is an outstanding shooter who can stretch the defense, opening opportunities for our 1, 2 and 3 to get to the rim because of his range and shooting ability.

"Rob's passing prowess and unselfishness really appealed to me and my assistant coaches," Majerus said. "He is going to be a terrific addition off and on the court. We can't wait for his arrival to Saint Louis University. His passion for play and high basketball aptitude will help him adjust and contribute immediately.

"Coach Chris Harriman has covered Australia and New Zealand for us," Majerus said. "We believe Rob is a jewel of the Pacific because of his temperament, competitiveness and skill set. We are excited about Rob's potential, given Chris' expertise and determination."

Loe is rated by Scouts Inc. as the top college prospect in New Zealand and is ranked No. 40 among all power forwards. He was the top player for the Junior Tall Blacks at the 2009 FIBA U-19 World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand. Loe led the team with 18.8 points, fifth overall in the tournament, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 2.5 assists. At the U-19 Tournament, he shot 59.5 percent from the field, including 57.1 percent (4-of-7) from 3-point range. Loe scored at least 15 points in every game, including a 25-point barrage against Syria. At Westlake, he averaged 19.5 points, 12.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists while shooting 63 percent from the field. Loe helped his team win two national championships.

At the age of 17, Loe was the youngest player ever named to New Zealand's national men's team. He was named MVP of the New Zealand Secondary Schools Championship and led his Westlake High School team to the championship. Loe was one of 10 players selected to represent the World Team that took part in the recently completed Nike Hoops Summit in Portland, Ore.

Loe, who was born in Leicester, England, is the third student-athlete to sign an NLI with the Billikens. During the fall signing period, 6-foot-5 forward Dwayne Evans (Bolingbrook, Ill. / Neuqua Valley) and 6-foot-1 guard Mike McCall (Chicago, Ill. / Foreman) inked with Saint Louis.

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