Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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St. Louis U. Set To Sign Houston Sharpshooter

St. Louis University will take another step toward restocking its 3-point bomb squad today, when Houston high school standout Vergil Cobbin plans to sign a letter of intent with the Billikens.

Cobbin, 6 feet 4 and 185 pounds, led Lamar Consolidated High with about 20 points a game this season. He hit 54 percent of his shots from the field, 44 percent from 3-point range, and led Lamar in rebounds as well.

His team went 26-9 and advanced to the Class 4A regional semifinals in Texas' five-class playoff system.

"He's an excellent shooter and probably will play on the wing for St. Louis," Lamar coach Tommy Jones said. "He's also a highly skilled ballhandler. But Vergil is a good athlete, too."

Cobbin also considered Nevada, Miami, LaSalle and San Diego State. He visited St. Louis University in early March on the day the Billikens learned they landed their second successive NCAA Tournament berth. The euphoria of that day helped convince Cobbin. So did the relationship between Jones and SLU assistant Kelvin Lee; Jones was an assistant coach at Houston Baptist when Lee played there.

"Kelvin did a good job recruiting Vergil," Jones said. "Plus, we do a lot of the things Charlie Spoonhour runs up there, so Vergil should be able to adapt quickly. And Vergil feels like he has a good chance to play quickly."

***** TENNIS Courier Makes Agassi Ache

Andre Agassi came away from the Japan Open with a loss and an aching back. Jim Courier beat Agassi 6-3, 6-4 in a wind-swept final in Tokyo on Sunday. Agassi's back has been bothering him since preparations last month for the U.S. Davis Cup victory in Italy.

The women's top seed also was upset. Amy Frazier saved set points in each set and beat Japan's Kimiko Date 7-6 (7-5), 7-5, foiling Date's attempt for a fourth consecutive Japan Open title.

Top-seeded Steffi Graf needed only 68 minutes to defeat Asa Carlsson of Sweden 6-1, 6-1 and win the Houston Women's Tennis Championships. …

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