SIU Signs Three: Barham, Brown, Meyers

November 17th, 2008
CARBONDALE, Ill. - Saluki men's basketball head coach Chris Lowery announced his three-man 2008 recruiting class on Monday, which features a point guard, a shooting guard and a power forward.

Kendal Brown (Evansville, Ind./ William Henry Harrison H.S.) is a 5-foot-9 point guard, who averaged 15.4 points, 5.3 assists and 2.6 steals last season. A cousin of head coach Chris Lowery, who plays for Lowery's high school alma mater, he was a first team all-league pick in the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference last season. Brown was named one of the top 100 underclassmen in 2007 by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

"Kendal brings terrific speed and athleticism to the point guard position," Lowery said. "He's very fast, and he's got great vision. He plays hard, and even though he's only 5-9, he plays much bigger than that."

Drew Barham (Memphis, Tenn./Christian Brothers H.S.) is a 6-foot-6, 185-pound guard, who averaged 15.0 points and 6.5 rebounds last year and led his team to the Division 2-AA state championship game, where it was beaten by Briarcrest H.S. Barham has a perfect 4.0 GPA and would like to major in either business or aviation.

"Drew's a terrific shooter who brings great size and competitiveness to the shooting guard spot," Lowery said. "He's also a great student, a kid who we recruited for a very long time. He's a product of Josh Bone leaving our program last September. We thought we were done recruiting, and then Drew came the next weekend, and it was done. "

Power forward Jordan Myers (Ferdinand, Ind./ Forest Park H.S.) averaged 17 points and eight rebounds last season. The 6-foot-8, 240-pound Indiana Junior All-Star was recently selected as a preseason first-team all-state player.

"Jordan is a big, skilled guy who can play in and out, and that's kind of the thing we want to get from our combination forwards," Lowery said. "Obviously, our future is Nick Evans at the center spot, but everyone else around him is multi-skilled. Jordan's a kid who has a big body, who has range to the 3-point line, and who is skilled with both hands."

Lowery said last year's banner recruiting year made it tougher to sign players this time.

"Everybody we were recruiting against was saying `you're never going to play there,'" he said. "But we managed to get what we feel is a great class. They wanted to come here and play with those guys, as opposed to some of the kids we were recruiting, who were all about playing time and not about winning."