Billikens Host Big Man On Campus

Kyle Kelm

Since getting a commitment from and signing Indiana point guard Justin Jordan in early May, there hasn't been much recruiting news for the Saint Louis University basketball program.

After signing seven players in the fall of 2007 and spring of 2008 — Brett Thompson, Willie Reed, Kwamain Mitchell, Brian Conklin, Femi John, Ruben Cotto and Kyle Cassity — the Billikens added six more players during the fall of 2008 and spring of 2009 signing periods: Jonathan Smith, Jeff Reid, Christian Salecich, Cory Remekun, Cody Ellis and Jordan.

So entering his third season at Saint Louis coach Rick Majerus will field one of the youngest teams in the country, a squad whose only upperclassman (junior guard Paul Eckerle) figures to miss most of the season or possibly the entire season after suffering a knee injury this summer.

The Billikens have two scholarships to give for the upcoming recruiting class and the coaching staff has been busy trying to add pieces that fit into a strong returning nucleus of players.

Saint Louis recently hosted junior college swingman Will Clyburn, from Marshalltown Community College in Iowa, on an official visit and is expected to get an official visit in the coming weeks from swingman Dwayne Evans of Naperville, Ill.

But this weekend figures to be a key recruiting one for the Billikens as they host power forward Kyle Kelm, a 6-foot-9, 210-pounder from Randolph (Wisc.) High School who has attracted scholarship offers from a wide variety of schools.

Kelm would fill a big void for Saint Louis, which got much smaller as a team with the unexpected transfer of 7-footer Brett Thompson this summer. Thompson's departure — he ended up at nearby Lindenwood University — leaves the Billikens with just one player who is 6-9 or taller (Reed) going into the upcoming season.

The Randolph High forward, who averaged 18 points per game as a junior, made an unofficial visit to Saint Louis University earlier this year and is already familiar with the campus and the program.

Kelm also fits the kind of post players Majerus has been recruiting during his time with the Billikens: forwards with good size who can also step out and knock down shots on the perimeter.

Both Clyburn and Evans fit the team's need for adding an athletic wing player with size to complement the guards already on the roster.

The Saint Louis University program is still searching for its first verbal commitment for this recruiting season, but the Billikens are closing in on some players that figure to build on the strong foundation that Majerus has already built with his last two impressive recruiting classes.

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