Biedscheid Picks Up First Offer

Cameron Biedscheid has had a good few months on the basketball court. He helped his high school team win a state championship, earned an invitation to the Nike Hoop Jamboree and last week picked up his first scholarship offer.

Biedscheid, who will be a junior at Cardinal Ritter College Prep in St. Louis this fall, has attracted plenty of interest from colleges already, but he was waiting to get that first offer and received it last week from hometown Saint Louis University.

"It was just a good feeling," Biedscheid said. "It felt like some stress was lifted off of me. I'm working so hard to get offers. It felt good to get one."

Biedscheid was invited to SLU's Elite Camp but was not able to participate because he was working his way back from a hand injury. He returned to the court for the Nike Hoop Jamboree, which is held on the Saint Louis University campus, and thought he performed well.

"My scoring was real good," Biedscheid said. "Offensively I didn't just bail the defense out by shooting jumpers. I shot jumpers, shot off the dribble and got to the cup. My ballhandling in transition was good. I had a bunch of dunks."

The Cardinal Ritter standout went from the Hoop Jamboree to the University of Missouri's Elite Camp, where he said he thought he performed well.

Biedscheid is already familiar with the Tigers — he made an unofficial visit to Columbia to watch the Oklahoma State game this winter — and if he impressed the coaching staff its possible he could end up with a scholarship offer from Mizzou before too long.

"They were talking about it, but they didn't do it yet," Biedscheid said. "They want me to come visit. They are recruiting me pretty hard."

Biedscheid was asked if Missouri was his favorite at this point.

"It's one of the favorites, but it's not the favorite," he said. "I don't have a favorite. I have a lot of schools that are recruiting me as much as Mizzou is."

The list of schools paying attention to the 16-year-old is growing.

When asked who is recruiting him, he mentioned Saint Louis, Mizzou, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Wichita State, Marquette, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Missouri State, Wisconsin, UCLA, Oregon State, Florida State and Miami.

That list figures to get longer next month when he hits the July circuit with the St. Louis Eagles and college coaches get another look at the still-growing wing player with a smooth jumper, good length and athleticism.

Biedscheid said he is up to 6-feet-6 1/2 and now weighs 185 pounds. He's expected to keep growing because his father, who played at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, is 6-8.

The Cardinal Ritter standout projects as a wing player at the next level — either a tall shooting guard or small forward — and he's already shown a knack for scoring, knocking down shots from the mid-range and perimeter, rebounding on both ends and playing solid defense.

Biedscheid had a breakout season for the Lions this winter. He averaged 1.9 points per game over seven contests as a freshman, but established himself as one of the top prospects in the state during his sophomore season.

He averaged 18.6 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game as Cardinal Ritter went 27-4 and captured the Missouri Class 3 championship. The sophomore knocked down 38.6 percent of his 3-point attempts (22 of 57) and 78.9 percent of his free throws (90 of 114).

Biedscheid is working hard to get better. He knows he needs to get stronger to play college basketball, but he's also working to improve his agility.

"I do a lot of footwork drills, agility drills," he said. "I never stop working on my shooting and my ballhandling drills. The things I'm improving on are my strength and my agility."

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