SF Sean O'Brien will be a Saluki

Southern Illinois landed a verbal commitment from in-state small forward Sean O'Brien (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein) on Monday, according to The Mundelein Review.

O'Brien held 13 scholarship offers and had narrowed his choices to the Salukis, Santa Clara, Northern Illinois and Bradley.

"The Missouri Valley Conference is probably one of the best conferences in the country," he told the paper. "I loved the coaching staff, and the team. And I was impressed with how important basketball is down there [in Carbondale]."

O'Brien is the first recruit for SIU in the 2013 class.