Missouri State student-athletes Christian Kirk, Austin Ruder, Chris Kendrix and Shawn Roundtree address the media following the men's basketball triple-overtime victory on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at JQH Arena.
Bears All-Access interviewed freshmen Chris Kendrix, Cameron Maes, Shawn Roundtree and Robin Thompson to learn more about the newcomers to the Missouri State men's basketball program
A solid point guard with a great understanding of the game, Roundtree will work to establish himself in the backcourt rotation and help the team's future.
High School Was named Class 3A-4A (large school) Player of the Year by both the Belleville News-Democrat and Alton Telegraph after his senior season in 2013-14 ... Led Edwardsville (Ill.) High to a 30-4 record and fourth-place finish in the Illinois Class 4A state tournament ... Averaged 17.3 points, 8.0 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game while knocking down 55 3-pointers as a senior ... He also made 85 percent of his free throws for coach Mike Waldo's Tigers ... Honored by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association as an elite Class 3A-4A All-State first-team selection, in addition to claiming Illinois Gazette second-team all-state honors ... Was also a first-team all-conference pick and became Edwardsville's all-time assists leader as well as a 1,000-point scorer ... Was second among all St. Louis metro players in assists (8.03) after leading all city players as a junior (9.00) ... Helped Edwardsville to an 85-13 overall record in his three varsity seasons ... He averaged 9.8 points and 2.4 rebounds in 2012-13 while earning all-conference and third-team all-state honors for a 31-3 regional championship team ... Produced 8.0 points and 5.9 assists his sophomore season while helping the Tigers to a 24-6 ledger ... Was on the honor roll all four years as well as National Honor Society at EHS ... Also competed on the AAU competitive circuit for the SW Illinois Jets.
Personal Shawn Tyrone Roundtree, Jr., was born 8/7/95 in Maryville, Ill. ... Son of Shawn, Sr. and Ida Roundtree of Edwardsville-Glen Carbon, Ill. ... Has two brothers, Ismiah and Jalil ... Majoring in Advertising and Promotion ... Chose Missouri State over Furman, Navy, UC Davis, UMKC and others.