ST. LOUIS – Saint Louis head men's basketball coach Travis Ford announced that three high school seniors have signed National Letters of Intent to attend the University and play basketball for the Billikens. They begin their four years of eligibility in the 2018-19 season.

The student-athletes are Carte'Are Gordon (St. Louis, Mo./Webster Groves High School), Mickey Pearson (Elizabethtown, Ky./John Hardin High School) and Fred Thatch (Sikeston, Mo./Sikeston High School).

"We are so excited to welcome Carte'Are, Mickey and Fred to the Billiken basketball family," Ford said. "They all come from high school programs with winning pedigrees. They are great competitors and are going to contribute immediately to our basketball team."

Gordon, a 6-foot-8 power forward, is a consensus four-star recruit and ranked No. 67 in the ESPN Top 100 rankings. He helped Webster Groves High School to the state championship last season while averaging 19.1 ppg, 8.4 rpg and nearly two blocks per game. Gordon was on the United States' U-17 championship team, and played with MoKan Elite on the AAU circuit, where he also won a national title.

"Carte'Are is an extremely versatile and talented big man," Ford said. "He has a great understanding and feel for the game of basketball. He is a powerful player at 6-foot-8, but also has the ability to handle the ball and is a very good scorer and passer."

Pearson is a 6-foot-8 small forward. With John Hardin High School last season, Pearson averaged 22.2 ppg, thanks in part to nailing 54 3-pointers. He also brought down 8.8 rpg. Pearson enters his senior season with a good chance to become the first player in school history to score more than 2,000 points. He ran with 22 Vision on the AAU circuit.

"Mickey has tremendous upside," Ford said. "He can play a wing position, or as a stretch four because of his shooting touch from deep. He is long, which creates great defensive pressure, and I love his shot-blocking ability."

Thatch is a 6-foot-3 shooting guard. A consensus three-star recruit, he helped Sikeston High School to the state quarterfinals last season after averaging 25.1 ppg, 12.1 rpg, 5.0 apg and 3.2 spg. With his senior season still remaining, Thatch is already the school-record holder in rebounds and is likely to become Sikeston's all-time leader in points, assists and steals. He played AAU for the St. Louis Eagles.

"Fred can play multiple guard positions," Ford said. "He brings a lot of toughness and can impact the game in a lot of ways – on the offensive end as well as the defensive end. Our fans are going to love is great passion and love for the game."