I haven't come to a prediction for Saturday's game, much less next season. Let's wait and see who's on the roster first then I'll have a prediction next summer.
Not much has been reported lately and I haven't heard anything from Mizzou's front that Colorado will go that direction. Not sure where I heard or read it the other day, but CU is putting a high value on head-coaching experience. If so, that would eliminate Walters as a serious candidate. Bret Bielema has been mentioned as a candidate. I think he'd be a great choice for the Buffs. He's already a better coach than the guy who just left Boulder for Michigan State and he'd be the fourth or fifth-best coach in the Pac-12 before the first ball is kicked off.
I'm going to answer with three words that a lot of reporters are afraid to say: I don't know. That's all. We ask Martin and the team at every given opportunity and all we can do is report. At this point there's no indication that these are season-ending injuries. When Mark was done for the year last season, MU made that clear distinction. The team has not given that same definitive answer for these two guys. Obviously the window is starting to close.
Yes, he's got a really interesting back story.
I don't know what he'll do, but as long as the current setup is working, I don't think you mess with the core rotation or the starting lineup. As noted earlier, a healthy Mark Smith might take some minutes from Pickett and/or Watson, but I wouldn't mess with Pickett's role too much. Tilmon can be an asset defensively without a doubt. He can help on offense, but his turnovers on that side of the ball can make him a liability. Nikko and Tilmon both commit a lot of fouls, but more of Tilmon's come on the offensive end, which can be more costly because you automatically lose a possession with every one.
He'll have one year remaining of eligibility. If Tilmon returns for his senior year I'm not sure if there's an upside of bringing back Okongo next year. Tilmon and Wilmore can play the five, along with Mitchell Smith and Braun in smaller lineups. Without Tilmon, you're forced to play smaller all the time or insert a freshman in a huge role. Otherwise, I'm not sure if there's a real benefit of keeping Okongo at the end of the bench and using up the scholarship.
He started the East-West Shrine Game and had decent numbers. He'll be at the combine in a few weeks. I'm sure I'll catch up with him at MU's pro day, whenever that is.
The same offense that he ran at App State? He's got an established system in mind but he'll have to adapt to the personnel on this team. I don't think you'll see an offense that looks dramatically different. It's a no-huddle spread attack. He might employ tight ends/H-backs differently from what Missouri did the last few years.
It appears to be a miss, but as of late spring they weren't going to use the scholarship. In hindsight maybe they go after someone else during the late signing period.
Watson was definitely scoring more and shooting better, but I wouldn't say he was consistently attacking the paint and getting to the foul line. In MU's final 13 games he took all of 18 free throws and didn't get there once in six straight games. In those final 13 games when he started to play more, he took more than three 2-point shots only twice. He was mostly a 3-point threat. And the shots were falling. This year, they're not falling. And he's never really expanded his game to do more things offensively. I said this last week but I don't think it's for a lack of effort or work. When a player isn't working on his game Martin usually makes that clear, though sometimes with subtle signs. I haven't seen those signs with Watson. He's getting fewer minutes, which is the opposite of what you'd expect with Mark Smith out, but he just hasn't produced enough to take away minutes from other guys.
There's your plug. Thanks for the info.