East St. Louis Flyer Terrence Hargrove Jr. Commits to SLU

    East St. Louis small forward Terrence Hargrove Jr. announced his commitment to Saint Louis University via Twitter Sunday:

    The three-star recruit chose the Billikens over Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Wisconsin and others. Most expected Hargrove’s basketball career to continue at the University of Missouri, where high-school teammate and close friend Jeremiah Tilmon plays.

    There had been some talk on whether or not Hargrove would transfer to a St. Louis area school for his senior season.

    However announced he’s going to remain an East St. Louis Flyer at a workout last week at Chaifetz Arena.

    “I’m not going anywhere,” Hargrove said. “I’m staying right here. Me and my teammates, we’re in the gym everyday working out, trying to get better. I know all about the rumors about me transferring to places like Chaminade, but I’m not going anywhere. I’m happy here.”

    The fifth-ranked player in Illinois averaged 19 points and 9.6 rebounds his junior year, helping the Flyers advance to the Class 3A Marion Sectional title game.

    Hargrove plays his AAU basketball with Bradley Beal Elite, a team that boasted last year’s Illinois’ Mr. Basketball, EJ Liddell.

    “It’s a great challenge for me to be able to play with Bradley Beal Elite,” Hargrove said. “You become a better player by playing against great competition each day. You have to bring your ‘A’ game every time you step on the floor. I feel like it’s made me a much better player but there there is still a lot of work to be done. That’s why there are no days off. I’m [in the gym] and/or the the weight room every day, getting stronger.”

    The Billikens finished 18-17 last season, good enough for fourth place in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Hargrove’s commitment gives SLU fans hope of reaching the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2014.

    Jack Parodi covers the St. Louis Billikens for 590 The Fan and you can find him on Twitter @jack_parodi.