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SLU basketball adds three signees for 2022-23 season

SLU basketball adds three signees for 2022-23 season

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St. Louis University coach Travis Ford remained in-state for his latest recruiting haul, signing two St. Louis-area players and making one junior college addition on Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period.

As expected, Pattonville High’s Kellen Thames and St. Louis University High’s Nick Kramer (more on Kramer, Page B8) signed as did Sincere Parker, who is in his second season at Moberly Area Community College.

The trio will provide SLU with an incoming batch of guard/wing players next fall at a time when the only player known not to have eligibility remaining will be DeAndre Jones.

Thames is 6-6 and averaged 19.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 2.6 steals as a junior. He was an all-state selection and first team All-Metro.

Parker is a 6-4 guard and averaged 16 points in his first season with an abbreviated schedule due to COVID-19 and a separated shoulder he suffered at thet start of the season.

Coach Pat Smith described Parker as having “deep, deep, deep shooting range” out to 30 feet. Tulsa and Cincinnati also recruited him, among other schools, according to Smith.

Other SLU sports

In women’s soccer, Ellie Paloucek of Webster Groves and Hannah Smith of Eureka signed with the Billikens, who will make their fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance Friday night..

In softball, SLU signed four players, including shortstop/catcher Chloe Rhine from Rockwood Summit. Coach Christ Connoyer also added Abby Mallo, Allie Marietta and Ashley Marietta.

Also at SLU, Chase Beattie (Holt) and Jack Dumont (SLUH) signed to play baseball and Zora Williams (Eureka) signed with the track and field team.

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