FT. WAYNE, Ind. -- Monty St. Clair, a 6-8, 222 pound power forward from Roger Bacon H.S. in Cincinnati, Ohio, has generated quite a bit of interest this spring after a fine junior season.
St. Clair and his Bacon squad shocked the prep basketball world in March by defeating LeBron James and his St. Vincent/St. Mary's squad in the state title game.
Thus far, St. Clair has scholarship offers from Tulane, Duquesne, Western Kentucky, Kent State and Miami of Ohio. He has seen interest from Xavier, Illinois, Michigan State, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Rutgers and UNC-Wilmington.
"Realistically, I would like to play in the Big 10 or Big East, but we have to see how things play out in terms of scholarship offers," he said on Friday night from the Spiece Tournament here in Ft. Wayne, Ind. "Not many of the schools on my list have had a chance to see me yet."
That should change this summer, when St. Clair will lace them up for Mike Price's Cincinnati AAU Red squad at a number of events. The Red squad will attend the Hoosier Shootout in Indiana, the Kentucky Hoop Fest in Louisville as well as the AAU Nationals in Florida.
He also plans to compete with his Roger Bacon squad at a high school tournament at Murray State in Kentucky, but remains hopeful that he could get an invite to the Nike All-American Camp in July.
IR first had a chance to catch St. Clair and Bacon back in action at the Slam Dunk to the Beach in Delaware last March. An active big man with a knack for scoring around the basket, Monty could see many more offers on the table with a productive summer on the basketball circuit.
As a junior this past season, he averaged 13 points, eight rebounds and 2.5 blocks per contest. He said he has a 3.3 GPA and scored a 27 on the ACT.