Basketball recruits still SIU bound for next season

By Joe Ragusa

Travis Wilkins and Bobo Drummond, the last recruits of former basketball coach Chris Lowery, are still signed to their original letters of intent to play for the Salukis, Director of Media Services Tom Weber said.

Reports stated that Wilkins, a freshman guard for Snow College in Ephraim, Utah, asked for a release from his letter of intent in the wake of Lowery’s firing March 1. Weber said Saluki Athletics hasn’t received such a request from Wilkins.

Wilkins, 23, took two years off after he graduated high school in 2007 to go on a Mormon mission. He will be considered a sophomore in terms of eligibility next season.


“(Wilkins is) a dead-eye shooter that we desperately need,” Lowery said Nov. 10. “He’s had several games where he’s had six, seven or eight threes, and I don’t care if you’re open or not, that’s not a fluke.”

Drummond, a high school senior guard for La Lumiere School in LaPorte, Ind., signed with Wilkins Nov. 9.

Athletic Director Mario Moccia said March 1 that Drummond’s commitment to the program didn’t seem to waver after Drummond heard the news of Lowery’s dismissal.

Lowery was fired March 1 after an 8-23 season that ended with a first-round exit in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament for the third time in four seasons.