Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Meet the Billikens

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Meet the Billikens

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Jamall Walker

At A Glance: 6-0, 175, Fr., G

Hometown: Wichita, Kan.

Comment: Last season's Gatorade Player of the Year in Kansas. Started all four seasons at point guard for South High in Wichita, which won four city championships and two state titles in that time. Should see extensive playing time this season. Not for his scoring ability - that's still coming - but for his maturity in running the offense.

***** Carlos McCauley

At A Glance: 5-11, 175, Sr., G

Hometown: Charleston, Mo.

Comment: The only member of the Billikens' program who has been here as long as coach Charlie Spoonhour. His leadership, on court and off, are invaluable. A battler. Started all 29 games as a freshman. Reclaims starting point guard spot. Needs to contribute more offensively.

***** J.J. Halliburton

At A Glance: 5-8, 160, Fr., G

Hometown: Millington, Tenn.

Comment: The quickest Billiken - one of the strongest. Will pester on defense and surprise with his quick-release, long-range shooting. Averaged 23 points last season for Millington High, a Memphis suburb, and helped that program go from 5-23 his freshman season to 21-12 as a senior. J.J.'s first name is Robert.

***** Virgel Cobbin

At A Glance: 6-4, 190, Fr., F

Hometown: Houston.

Comment: Had the benefit of playing for a coach whose Lamar High team used a style similar to that of Spoonhour, and Cobbin has worked with the starting five throughout the preseason. Fits right into an offense that needs perimeter scoring ability. Averaged 19 points as a senior. Good athlete who uses natural ability to rebound. Needs more aggressive play on defense, particularly against beefier, more seasoned opposing forwards.

***** Corey Frazier

At A Glance: 6-1, 190, Soph., G

Hometown: Charleston, Mo.

Comment: Played for a state-champion Charleston squad as a sophomore and went on to All-State showing as one of the most dangerous guards in the state. Excellent outside threat, also strong defensive player. Sat out freshman year because of academic ineligibility. Nephew of former Mizzou standout Ricky Frazier.

***** Tyrone Caswell

At A Glance: 6-7, 240, Soph., F

Hometown: East St. Louis

Comment: Returns to the St. Louis area after a splendid season with Butler (Kan.) Community College - 20 points and 10 rebounds a game. Considerably stronger and more versatile than his senior season in high school, when he gained All-Metro first-team status with East St. …

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