ST. LOUIS – Saint Louis University head men’s basketball coach Rick Majerus today announced that 6-foot-7 power forward Barry Eberhardt (Inkster, Mich./Coffeyville CC) has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the University and play basketball for the Billikens. He will have two years of eligibility beginning with the 2007-08 academic year.
“Barry gives us a low post scoring presence with the ability to pick and pop,” Majerus said. “We are excited about his developing rebounding game in conjunction with a defensive commitment. For the way we play, Barry’s skill level will be an asset to the returning team. I have no doubt that he can become an even better player given the dedication of our staff and my commitment to multi-faceted players. Over a 12 year span, I was fortunate to put three four-men into the NBA – Keith Van Horn, Hanno Mottola and Britton Johnson.”
A third-team NJCAA All-American, Eberhardt led Coffeyville to the semifinals of the NJCAA National Tournament this season. He ranked sixth in NJCAA Region VI with a team-high 17.4 ppg and was second on the team with 6.2 rpg. Eberhardt shot 55.9 percent from the field, including 40.3 percent from 3-point range. He earned Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Most Valuable Player and All-Region honors.
Eberhardt was named NJCAA Region VI Tournament MVP as he netted 16 points in the championship win over Barton County CC and 25 in the semifinal victory over Cloud County CC. As a freshman, Eberhardt scored 7.8 ppg and grabbed 4.7 rpg. Prior to playing at Coffeyville, Eberhardt was an All-Westland Observer performer at Westland John Glenn High School.
“Barry is sold on the education Saint Louis offers as well as the total university experience,” Majerus said. “He visited and enjoyed what will become his teammates a great deal. I credit our staff for taking him on the last day of recruiting. During the press conference on Monday, they went to secure our position with him.
“Barry’s parents were impressed with the academic environment at Saint Louis,” Majerus continued. “It is easy to see why Barry is such a nice person. His parents are genuinely interested in his well-being and have raised a terrific young man.”
Eberhardt joins Anthony Mitchell of East St. Louis High and Chicago’s Markus Relphorde, who signed earlier in the signing period.
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