Foreman guard McCall picks St. Louis

Updated: October 3, 2009, 9:19 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

Foreman High School coach Terry Head was bothered that more schools, especially the local ones, didn't take a harder look at his 6-foot-2 senior combo guard Mike McCall.

"I'm not going to lie ... I don't understand why DePaul wasn't in our gym," Head said. "I don't know why Northwestern wasn't in our gym. I think a lot of the high-major schools, especially in our area, made a mistake."

To McCall, it didn't make a difference, though. He never looked at who wasn't recruiting him, but who was. That's why he committed to Saint Louis on Saturday. The Billikens had been after him as long as anybody.

"I just wanted a school that fit me, where I could perform and where I could be exposed," McCall said. "They recruited me since I was a freshman. They've been to every one of my AAU games, and they were on me the hardest. They offered me playing time right away. Their style of play fits me. They run. That's my type of game, getting up and down the court."

McCall's game is also a mix of scoring and passing. Over the past three years on varsity, he's established himself as one of the state's premier combo guards.

"He can play the 1, he can play the 2," Head said. "He's lightning fast. He can pass the ball. He can shoot it. He's a big-time player."

McCall gives Foreman its third Class of 2010 Division I commitment. Tommy Woolridge (Eastern Illinois) and Eddie Denard (UIC) also recently announced their college decisions. Foreman senior Lavonte Dority, another one of the state's top guards, is also expected to commit soon to a Division I program.

"It's a testament to what we're doing at Foreman High School," Head said. "It's just a big thing. It feels good. It feels real good. Supposedly, Foreman is a bad school. Supposedly, Terry Head isn't a good coach. We think we're proving everyone wrong. You can qualify and go to the next level at Foreman High School."

Illinois State, Indiana State Northern Illinois, Southern Illinois, Texas A&M, Washington State and Wichita State were also recruiting McCall.

McCall gives Saint Louis its second Chicago-area commitment in the past few weeks. Neuqua Valley forward Dwayne Evans also recently committed to the Billikens.

Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at preps@espnchicago.com.

Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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