Going into the game against Auburn on Sunday, November 27th, the SLU Billikens are sitting with a record of 5-1. They have two wins against big schools, including Memphis and Providence. As Travis Ford looks forward to another successful season with the Billikens, he has a lot to be thankful for. One of the things Coach Ford is lucky to have back is Yuri Collins and his abilities to pass. Collins already this season is leading the NCAA in assists per game with 10.7. Another key to the Billikens offense is transfer Javon Pickett from Mizzou. Pickett has been helpful on both ends of the court, averaging 10 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.
Why Yuri Collins is a stud
There is no question that Collins can pass the ball with the best of them. Averaging 10 assists per game is unreal, but also almost averaging 13 points a game on top of the assists is simply eye-opening. Collins had a big opportunity this summer to transfer over to Tennessee and be the starting point guard down there. Collins made the right choice to stay at SLU because SLU basketball is different. Going to watch guys like Collins, Pickett, and Hargrove just show you why watching college basketball is great. The team chemistry is so impressive of the SLU Billikens, and that is all from Coach Ford.
Hargrove the hometown hero
Terrance Hargrove Jr. is one of the nicest and most humble kids on earth. Being able to get to know Hargrove on a personal level during AAU a few years back was eye-opening. Here is this big recruit out of High School giving me pointers and encouragement during games shows what he is all about. Hargrove now is the electric dunking machine, always giving the SLU Billikens momentum during the games. Hargrove is only averaging around 4 points right now, but once the SLU Billikens start rolling down the stretch so will Hargrove. Watch out for this man over the next few games because he is really an extraordinary player.
Coach Ford’s ability to recruit
Ford is a great local recruiter who can turn kids around to great D1 players quickly. Those three names I listed earlier, Collins, Pickett, and Hargrove, all lived less than 30 minutes away from the campus. Being able to recruit from your own backyard is huge for the Billikens program because they go into the program and fit right in. Day in and day out, these players impress the fans, showing that they are a team to compete with and potentially could be a tournament team. This year Ford has a talented enough team that if they can come together down the stretch of the season, I do not see why they would not be able to make it into March Madness.
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