updated April 9, 2018
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. 68 in the ESPN Top 100 rankings. He helped Webster Groves High School to the state championship the last two seasons. During his senior year, Gordon averaged 18.0 ppg and 8.3 rpg. He also led the team in steals (43) and blocks (54). 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. He helped John Hardin High School to a state tournament appearance, and leaves the program's all-time leader in points and rebounds. A first-team All-State selection and Kentucky Mr. Basketball finalist, Pearson averaged 25.7 ppg his senior season at John Hardin. 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 once again helped Sikeston High School to the state tournament his senior year. He was named the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Year after averaging more than 25.0 ppg as a senior. Thatch became the first Sikeston player in history to record more than 2,000 points, and he is also the school's all-time leader in rebounds, steals and assists. 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."