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He's no longer on the Mizzou team. I don't know about his whereabouts.
Missouri continues to heavily pursue Courtney Ramey. He's not given any indication which school he's going to choose, but MU is in the running. He's the prime area prospect for the 2018 class that Martin is recruiting. For 2019, there are several local players on MU's radar: Belleville West forward EJ Liddell, Vashon guard Mario McKinney and East St. Louis forward Terrence Hargrove are the primary local targets.
He's got 17 days, so pick any one of them. Jontay and his family have given no indication when he'll announce something - and he doesn't have to give any indication. If he decides to enter the draft and test the waters through April and May - he would be smart to go through the process - then he has until April 22 to make that announcement.
Watson is already signed. I interpreted the question as asking about players who Mizzou is still actively recruiting for the 2018 class.
I've covered Mizzou football for many more years than I've been the primary basketball beat writer, but in the years I've covered MU in general, the 2012 team was set up to make a run. Guard oriented with several veteran players. Effective style of play offensively. Obviously that team picked a bad day to have its worst game of the season.
Possibly. Maybe not the ones who are generating the most discussion right now, but it's going to be such a rich market for transfers that MU could land somebody before all is said and done.
Not just money but opportunity. Michael learned this past season how an injury can rob you of opportunity. If he's got a chance to be a top pick and secure himself financially for life, why wouldn't he enter the draft? Why wouldn't anyone? If Sports Illustrated came to me after my freshman year in college and offered me one of their top jobs why would I say no to one of the leaders in the industry? Let's remember: The only reason Michael was in college this year and not playing in the NBA is because of the NBA's one-and-done rule. If he would have been allowed to enter the league right out of high school, he would have been a top-five pick last summer. With that opportunity at his fingertips now, he doesn't owe Mizzou anything more.
I'm sure he's disappointed in how it played out. He felt terrible for how he performed in those final two games. He's never really experienced losing, so when MU suddenly stopped playing well with his addition, he took that personally. At the same time, I think he believes he was doing what he could for an undermanned team. That was admirable. Does he regret getting the surgery instead of going with the treatment plan Mizzou's medical staff gave him? Probably not. His parents wanted a second opinion, and that second opinion led to surgery. That's certainly well within his rights.
I don't know about that. I don't think other players were bound to eat meals together on the road. They just chose to be together more often than not. And either way, you can't tell a parent or a student athlete that he's obligated to be seen by only one doctor. There's nothing immoral or illegal about seeking a second medical opinion.
I expect them to be competitive. The schedule gets much tougher with series against Florida, Vandy, UK and Georgia, but they seem to have a fairly potent lineup and the pitching has been consistently strong for the most part.
There's no indication MU WON'T sign Pinson. He's been committed for a while now, and the plan was surely always to take multiple ball-handlers. Hard to say what happens if Ramey picks Mizzou. Does everything hinge on Ramey? Does MU's interest in Smith fade away if Ramey signs? Smith can be more of a combo guard won't be limited to handling the point at his next school. Would MU be content with just Pinson and Smith? Doubtful. At that point you better add a grad transfer who can also play next season.
Norm Stewart wasn't beloved by all in St. Louis, so there's always been some degree of a schism between STL and Columbia for basketball recruits. Why is that so? You can probably ask 10 different people and get 10 different answers. As always, with recruiting it comes down to two things, in my opinion: Building relationships and selling a product. Missouri coaches haven't been good enough at both to convince all the great players from STL and other pockets around the state to come to Columbia.
The track team has produced some successful individual performances, but on a conference and national level the team hasn't been as competitive. Mizzou has started to recruit more globally for track since joining the SEC and invested more resources in finding and developing sprinters and jumpers. I don't think it's a team that consumes much of Sterk's day, but that's not to say he doesn't care about the results. It's not a revenue generating sport or one that draws much fan interest, so it's not going to attract as much attention from the AD.
Collins is the primary point guard for Bradley Beal Elite, the locally loaded AAU team, but I don't know that he's picked up any major offers yet.
I was unsure what he meant by having a decision made late in the year and I didn't ask a follow-up. I interpreted him meaning they would know before the end of the season if they'll stick with Fogue or decided to hire someone else. If they want to keep her and extend her contract they could tell her in the final weeks of the season. Otherwise they could make the decision they'll look elsewhere and begin a search.
Judging by the empty swaths of seats the last two years I don't think you have to worry about it running out of seats. Even when MU was on a six-game winning streak last year they weren't close to selling out SEC games. They've displaced the season ticket holders in the south end zone to other areas of the stadium, mostly on the west side, I believe.
The NIT played under some different rules that could be implemented into the men's game. I like the four quarter rule and so do lots of men's coaches. It eliminates one media timeout per half and keeps the games moving faster.
I don't see how he's on the staff if both sons are off the roster. It makes zero sense for Martin to keep him. And I don't think Sr. would want to be on the staff without his kids on the team. He was hired to deliver his sons to the program.