Greetings, chatters. We'll talk all things Mizzou for the next two hours.
Let's get this out of the way real fast. I'll be happy to entertain questions about Mizzou's hoops targets who are still uncommitted, but no guessing game, predictions, percentages today. I don't know where he'll sign. I'm not sure he knows. The schools don't know. We'll find out where he's going when he makes his announcement. Last week a reader got upset with me in an email because I wasn't offering enough predictions or speculation on recruits. I'm sorry if that's what you're looking for, but I'm not into predictive journalism.
Smith played in 11 games. That's too many to request a medical hardship waiver. I haven't heard about any discussion of him taking a medical redshirt this year. I would say that's doubtful. If he's ready to play more minutes in January then they'd take him then. Missouri has officially added only one player taller than 6-3 - and it's not like Porter is an inside player. They'll need minutes from Smith if he's healthy enough to play.
People who follow recruiting closely don't believe Tilmon is a one-and-done player. He's raw offensively. He's a big body who can play defense and protect the rim with athleticism but I don't think he's developed into to play in the NBA after just one year of college. Knox is a versatile wing player who can slash and shoot from the perimeter and guard bigger bodies inside. If he lives up to his rankings, he'll be an NBA player in 2018-19.
People close to Tilmon have been saying for a week they believe he'll be at Mizzou but that nothing was ever a done deal when he asked out of his NLI. Have heard he could commit by the end of this week. Others have heard more about the KU interest than I have. It's still a dead period until midnight tonight, so coaches can't have any face to face contact with Tilmon until Friday. I hope to have more info on this situation later today. It's difficult sometimes when the player doesn't do interviews or correspond with reporters.
I'm not sure about that. Does Barry Odom really face that big of a race problem that he needs help from Martin? Odom just had 10 highly touted recruits from the state of Missouri in town for an unofficial visit, all of whom are African American. I expect to Mizzou to land a few of those 10 - not sure which ones, but a few - and possibly a bunch if the Tigers have a strong start to the season. Missouri continued to sign black players in the immediate aftermath of the 2015 campus uproar and have since signed more. Is there a substantive bad vibe that Odom has to fix in the AA community? Or is Missouri just coming off two losing seasons?
I'd say showing the ability to sign a top 10 class is a good start. Martin has talked about reaching out and building connections with all the relevant people when it comes to recruiting. Parents, HS coaches, summer/AAU coaches. He's a veteran head coach who knows the area and knows the landscape.
As promised here's the latest I've heard on Tilmon: Martin is expected to meet with him "this week," I'm told by an East St. Louis source. The dead period lasts through today, so that would mean they would meet tomorrow most likely. I'm also told Kansas and North Carolina have shown interest but have not scheduled a visit or a meeting as of today.
I just beat you to it. See the previous nugget regarding Tilmon. Kevin Knox is still undecided, though he's in Brooklyn this week with Mizzou's best recruiter, Michael Porter Jr. As for Martin's upcoming recruiting plans, uncertain as of now - on my end, not his.
Jesus Ortiz wrote about reviving the SLU-Mizzou series recently. I'd be happy to cover that game, as I've said several times. But I also understand Mizzou's stance. Nobody in St. Louis was calling for that game during the Jim Crews years. The "Mizzou needs to play SLU" chorus got loud when Majerus's Bills started to peak, but the buzz died down when SLU started to struggle - and MU for that matter. Mizzou can't alienate its fans in Kansas City either. I know that's not a concern on the east side of the state, but MU gets a lot of support from the west side, and those fans don't want to see two games a year in St. Louis and no games at the Sprint Center.
Mizzou will kick the tires of the three SLU commits, Ramey, Thatch and Gordon. Of the three, Ramey (Louisville) seems like the least likely to flip. Otherwise, Martin's staff quickly offered Torrence Watson. Maybe they'll get involved with Chaminade's Karrington Davis, but he doesn't have an offer yet.
Tilmon could commit by the end of this week or early next week. Knox is trying to arrange his announcement to be televised nationally and will reportedly make his announcement anytime between late April and May 10.
It won't be the end of the world to have a top 20 class. Missouri needs a big man, but they'll still field a team and score points without Tilmon. Martin might have to be more creative with his lineups, but he'll have some options on the roster. Martin could dip into the grad transfer market, too.
Don't write off Phillips. He led the SEC in assists for most of the season despite having one of the worst scoring teams in the nation. Harris won't come in and play 35 minutes at the point. Way too early to start projecting stats.
Someone was going to hire Michael Porter Sr., but we'll never know if Porter Jr. would have necessarily followed him to any school. Porter Sr. knows the game. He's been a high-major assistant for seven years (six with MU women, one with Washington men.) That gives him more D-I experience than just about everyone who coached under Kim Anderson other than Steve Shields. Now, that doesn't make him a genius on the bench or some Xs and Os wizard, but he's got the charisma to be an effective recruiter and effective teacher. His best asset will always be his bloodlines and the two players he'll bring to the roster, but knowing him on a limited basis I think he'll add some value to the staff.
You can have a slightly better than average hoops regular season and make the Final Four if you get hot at the right time. You have to have an outstanding regular season in football to make a major bowl game. So, on that fact alone I'll go with a Final Four.
There's a chance, but I haven't gotten much indication that he's going to reclassify at this point.
Yeah, but it was a different sport under a different coaching staff. He was a classic late bloomer in hoops, and the caliber of offers he's gotten in basketball trump the caliber of offers he's gotten in baseball. Smith committed to Mizzou baseball in December 2015, midway through his junior year of high school.
That's a lot of math for me to process. Playing time and starting lineups fluctuate so much during a given season. This team is going to be perimeter heavy, so I'm thinking playing time will be shaped by which combos of players work well together.
I doubt Self would go for that. ESPN makes the call, but the network won't want to tick off the league's best coach. We know it won't be Iowa State and Oklahoma seems unlikely, too. (MU and OU played in the 2014-15 SEC-Big 12 Challenge.) Safe bets would be K-State or Oklahoma State.
Albert O had a handful of Big Ten offers (Michigan State, Nebraska, Indiana) but no Illinois offer.