Saint Louis Signs Mike McCall

    
November 13th, 2009

Saint Louis University head men's basketball coach Rick Majerus today announced that 6-foot-1 guard Mike McCall (Chicago, Ill./Foreman) has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the University and play basketball for the Billikens. McCall will have four years of eligibility beginning with the 2010-11 academic year.

"Mike will remind our fans of Kwamain Mitchell when Kwamain first came into our program," Majerus said. "Mike is extremely quick, has an excellent jump shot and, most importantly, is a winner. It would not surprise me to see Foreman win the Illinois state championship. He has the eye of the tiger and the athletic ability as well as the skills to back it up.

"Any conversation about Mike begins with what a great family he has," Majerus said. "His sister, Angel, graduated from Northern Illinois University, so obviously there is a great academic influence in the home. Mike comes to Saint Louis University as an outstanding student. The conversation then turns to perhaps one of the finest coaches in the state of Illinois, Terry Head. Mike is fundamentally sound and a great competitor, and he understands how to play the game because of Coach Head."

McCall is the No. 6 senior in the state of Illinois according to ChicagoHoops.com, and he is ranked by Hoops Report as a "Top 10 Prospect." As a junior, he averaged 14.3 points, five assists, 2.9 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game. McCall helped lead Foreman to a 20-7 record. He hit at least one 3-pointer in all but one game last season and converted 44 percent from beyond the arc. Against North Grand, McCall drained seven 3-pointers en route to a season-high 25 points.

"Both young men (Dwayne Evans and Mike McCall) whom we have signed will make significant contributions to our program," Majerus said. "We feel that they will be an upgrade in talent, and we are confident they will do extremely well as students and become SLU favorites due to their personality and academic acumen as well as for the skill set and hustle they bring to the court. They are already good friends and it is easy to see why, given their love for the game and competitive spirit."