Coach Purlee signs his first recruit

New head basketball coach Rob Purlee brings in his first recruit as a head coach.

Excerpt from the Register-Mail:

Rob Purlee roped in his first recruit as the Knox College men’s basketball coach on Wednesday, and it was a big one.

Try 6-foot-6 and 220 pounds of big.

Alex Schobert, a two-year starter at Belleville West in suburban St. Louis, committed to the Prairie Fire last Friday and his deposit money arrived Wednesday, making him the first recruit of the Purlee era. The bruiser chose Knox over Illinois College, Washington University (Mo.) and Maryville University (Mo.).

Not only does Schobert add size to the Prairie Fire frontcourt, but he comes battle-tested. At Belleville West, a school of 2,400 east of St. Louis, Schobert averaged nine points and five rebounds his senior season against some of the best competition in Illinois.