Bulldogs Meet Billikens Saturday
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Saturday's game at Saint Louis has special meaning for Yale juniors Javier Duren and Will Childs-Klein. Both are Saint Louis natives and quite familiar with the Billiken's very successful program.
"I can't really express how much it means for us to be playing in Saint Louis," said Duren, who when he learned the Bulldogs would be playing in his hometown created a Facebook status to let all his friends know. "My family rarely gets the opportunity to attend games given that we are so far away, so this will be a great experience and one that I will never forget."
Duren, Yale's starting point guard, attended the Saint Louis Basketball Camp many times as a youngster and has a good relationship with former Billikens head coach Lorenzo Romar, who is now at Washington.
"One of my top memories is being presented with a large standing trophy at camp," he said.
Duren, who leads the Bulldogs in assists (34) and three-pointers (17) and is second in scoring (14.4 ppg.), was the Suburban West Conference Player of the Year as a senior at Oakville High School where he was a four-year starter and 1,000-point scorer. He helped lead Oakville to three conference championships and second place finish in the state tournament in his junior year. In addition, he played with the St. Louis Eagles and TeamRameyBasketball AAU teams.
Duren, who has many friends who attend SLU, said he has played a few games in Chaifetz Arena and that his AAU team practiced there regularly.
Childs-Klein, who has appeared in four games off the bench for the Bulldogs this season, is more familiar with Chaifetz as a fan. He said he has attended many games there but has never played in the arena.
Childs-Klein was a first team all-conference and all-district selection as a senior at Ladue High School after averaging 18.3 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks. He earned first team all-conference honors as a junior and was a second team all-district selection. In addition, he played for the St. Louis Eagles AAU team.
"I was very excited to learn that we'd be playing in Saint Louis, where I learned to play basketball," said Childs-Klein. "Because Saint Louis doesn't have an NBA team, SLU is the premier venue for basketball in our city. It's definitely an honor to be a part of that for a game."
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity