East St. Louis boys’ basketball standout Terrence Hargrove gave a verbal commitment to Saint Louis University over the weekend.
The 6’6” Hargrove is one of the top players in the St. Louis area in the Class of 2019. He is also one of the most explosive leapers in the state of Illinois.
Hargrove is currently ranked No. 4 in the state of Illinois by the recruiting website Prep Hoops Illinois. He was a St. Louis American “Fab Five” All-Star Second Team selection after the 2018 season.
“Saint Louis was my choice because they were my very first offer and they stayed by my side,” Hargrove told Scott Burgess of Prep Hoops Illinois. “They kept in contact with me and they treated me like family and that’s a school I know I’m going to play at.”
As a junior, Hargrove averaged 18.2 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.4 blocks while shooting 46 percent from the field and 35 percent from 3-point range. He led the Flyers to a 16-11 record, a regional championship and a berth in the Illinois Class 3A Sectional championship game.
During the summer, Hargrove is playing with the Brad Beal Elite 17U in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League. Brad Beal Elite will head to North Augusta, South Carolina next week to compete in the prestigious Nike Peach Jam, which is the top summer grassroots basketball event in the country.
The verbal pledge of Hargrove continues the success of Saint Louis U. head coach Travis Ford in his commitment to recruit the top players from the Saint Louis metro area. At his initial press conference when he was hired as coach, Ford spoke openly about his desire to recruit the top players in the St. Louis area.
In each of his three seasons at SLU, Ford has gotten a commitment from an area standout, starting with Belleville Athoff’s Jordan Goodwin from the Class of 2017. Following Goodwin to SLU was Webster Groves’ standout big Carte’are Gordon, who was one of the top area players in the Class of 2018. The commitment of Hargrove from the Class of 2019 makes it three in a row for Ford and the Billikens.
As someone who has been involved with the Billiken basketball program for the past 27 years as the radio color analyst, it is wonderful to see top area players giving SLU the nod once again. The Billikens have enjoyed a lot of winning over the decades with area players being major factors in that success.
Travis is building something nice over at the Chaifetz Arena, and to see some of our top area talent wanting to be a part of it really does my heart good.
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