BELLEVILLE — One of Southwestern Illinois College basketball coach Jay Harrington's main objectives in his 2013-14 recruiting class was to find shooters.
On Saturday, Harrington hit the jackpot when Cahokia High School senior Keenan Minor signed a letter of intent to join the Blue Storm program beginning this fall.
The 6-foot-2 210-pound Minor averaged 21.7 points a game this past season and was the leader of a Comanches team which reached the Class 3A state title game where it lost to Chicago Morgan Park.
Known as the premier perimeter shooter in the St. Louis area, Minor made 103 3-point shots this season and shot an amazing 65 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.
"Keenan is a shooter and I mean a pure shooter with 3-point range. I went to an all-star game where he was making shots from 35-feet,'' Harrington said. "The thing I wanted to have in this recruiting class was kids who could really shoot the basketball.
"Well, we've signed Falando Wilkinson from Collinsville and Kyle Lemons from Francis Howell North and both those kids can really shoot the ball. Now we've got Keenan in the family.
"And there may still be more to come.''
The addition of Minor bolsters an already superb recruiting class at SWIC. Lemons, Wilkinson, Corvon Butler from Champaign and Hunter Reine from Roxana are the other new players.
Minor was also considering Parkland College in Champaign, but after visiting SWIC last week chose to be a member of the Blue Storm.
"We've been after Keenan for some time. Assistant coach (Steve) Campo did a lot of the leg work, but when Keenan in his mom came for his visit I think they were very happy with what our school has to offer,'' Harrington said. "If Keenan does what he needs to do both in the classroom and on the basketball court, there is no doubt in my mind he's an NCAA Division I player. None.''
Minor has been one of the top players in southern Illinois for the past four years. In addition to being the premier perimeter shooter in the South Seven Conference, Minor has the strength and basketball intelligence to be able to score both inside and outside the paint.
"Keenan is a strong young man. He's thicker then you think and he's also very quick when he wants to be. We just need him to want to be quicker a little more often,'' Harrington said. "He has to work on his defense But the good news is that he has the foot speed to be an excellent defender.
"He's also got great B.I. (basketball intelligence). He knows how to play the game and while he is a soft-spoken young man, he is very competitive.
"But he can shoot the basketball. He can really shoot the basketball.''