Berry Receiving Recruiting Attention

One of the top young basketball prospects in the St. Louis area has a connection to one of the best players to ever come out of the area.

Nolan Berry, who will be a sophomore at DeSmet in a few months, is the grandson of former Saint Louis University and NBA standout Ed Macauley and is starting to get noticed by college coaches.

Berry, who said he stands 6-foot-7 1/2 inches and weighs around 175-180 pounds, recently attended Saint Louis University's Elite Camp and earned a late invitation to the prestigious Nike Hoop Jamboree held at SLU.

"It was an honor," Berry said. "It was the best players in the nation and it was hosted by Nike. I was really excited to be a part of it."

Berry, who is playing for former SLU standout Erwin Claggett on the St. Louis Eagles' 15-and-under team this summer, got the invitation to the camp the night before it started. But thought he performed well at the Jamboree, which matched him up against many of the top young basketball prospects throughout the country.

"I think I did well," he said. "I didn't think I dominated the camp or anything. It was a bunch of people competing. I thought I did well."

One of the things Berry realized at the Jamboree was that he needs to get stronger. At a skinny 175-180 pounds, the Spartans' forward will have to get stronger to be more effective in the post — like most young prospects.

"I always knew that," he said. "But then going to the Jamboree I saw that I needed to be stronger. It's big for my game going forward."

Berry averaged 5.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocked shots per game during his freshman season at DeSmet, when the Spartans went 16-11. He made 57 percent of his shots from the field and 66.7 percent of his free throw attempts.

The sophomore-to-be, who said he has grown an inch or two in the past few months, has been working on his all-around game. He said he played the power forward spot at DeSmet this past season, but found himself on the wing at times in the Spartans' four-out-and-one-in offense.

"Since my freshman year, I've been working on getting stronger with the ball, dribbling and working on my shot," he said. "I've been playing a lot more in the post."

Berry is almost the same size as his grandfather, who made quite the impact in the post back in his time.

Macauley, who helped the Billikens win the NIT championship in 1948, went on to 10 seasons in the NBA with the St. Louis Bombers, Boston Celtics and St. Louis Hawks. He was a three-time All-NBA selection, won a championship with the Hawks in 1958 and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1960 at age 32, becoming the youngest person enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

Berry has already attracted some attention from college coaches. In addition to Saint Louis U., where he was invited for the school's Elite Camp, the youngster said he has received recruiting interest from Wichita State, Arizona, Purdue and Richmond.

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