Mitchell Readmitted To Saint Louis

Kwamain Mitchell (Don Adams Jr. photo)

ST. LOUIS — The Saint Louis University basketball team received a boost on Thursday when the school announced that junior point guard Kwamain Mitchell had been readmitted into the school.

The release stated:

"Kwamain Mitchell has been readmitted to Saint Louis University and is eligible to enroll in classes for the spring 2011 semester. The decision to readmit Mitchell follows a meeting with the University this week.

In considering readmission of a student to SLU, the University reviews the student's total educational record, including academic standing and matters relating to student conduct, in making its decision.

Upon receiving clearance by the NCAA, Mitchell would be eligible to participate immediately and fully as a member of the SLU men's basketball team."

Mitchell and junior power forward Willie Reed left school a few days before the start of practice because they had been suspended, but the only official announcement came in the form of a brief statement.

"Saint Louis University men's basketball players Kwamain Mitchell and Willie Reed are currently not enrolled at the University. Federal law — the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) — does not allow the University to release any additional information without the consent of the students involved."

It is still not known whether or when Reed would re-enroll at SLU, though when he spoke with FOXSportsMidwest.com in November he expressed his desire to return.

"My heart is to be a Billiken," Reed said. "That's what I want to be and I don't want to be anything else. If I can't go back I don't know what I will do. I really miss and love the Saint Louis campus and the community. I'll do whatever it takes to be back. I want to be back in that system and back with that family."

An announcement on Reed's return could come in the next few days. It is not known whether Mitchell and/or Reed would try to play the second half of the season, but it is possible both could redshirt the remainder of this season and retain two years of eligibility.

Mitchell, a 5-foot-10 junior point guard from Milwaukee, and Reed, a 6-9 junior power forward from Kansas City, were two of the first players recruited by coach Rick Majerus and top assistant coach Porter Moser after being hired at Saint Louis in the spring of 2007.

Mitchell and Reed were the top two scorers for the Billikens last season as sophomores as SLU went 23-13, finished fourth in the Atlantic 10 Conference and advanced to the finals of the College Basketball Invitational Tournament with one of the youngest rosters in the nation.

Mitchell averaged 15.9 points per game, led the Billikens in 3-pointers (64), free throws made (93) and steals (50) and was second in assists (106). He was selected to the Atlantic 10 all-conference second team.

Reed averaged 12.4 points per game and led the team in rebounding (7.9) and blocked shots (73). He was an Atlantic 10 all-conference honorable mention selection.

Saint Louis U., in its fourth season under Majerus, was expected to return its top six leading scorers from last season, including sophomore forward Cody Ellis (10.5 points per game, sophomore guard Christian Salecich (6.4), junior forward Brian Conklin (6.2) and junior guard Kyle Cassity (6.0).

Instead, the Billikens have struggled to a 5-9 record — including home losses against Austin Peay and Bowling Green — after losing Wednesday night's Atlantic 10 Conference opener against Dayton.

SLU is averaging 62.9 points per game and allowing 63.7 per contest. A year ago, over 36 games, the Billikens averaged 63.4 points and allowed 60.2.

Cassity is averaging a team-high 10.1 points per game, followed closely by freshman guards Mike McCall (9.2) and Jordair Jett (9.0).

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