Good (late) morning, Mizzou chatters. I'll be here for the next couple hours to talk all things Mizzou. Let's do this in, three ... two ... one ...
He might be able to earn some minutes in the backcourt, but usually in these cases the scholarship players are first in line when it comes to earning a role. That's not to say Suggs can't beat out let's just say Javon Pickett or another newcomer for spot in the rotation. The staff will take a close look at the players this summer and have a solid idea of roles and rotations by the time real practices tip off in October.
Buford can sign in late December in the early signing period. Nothing is guaranteed until pen hits paper, but I'm not sure it's fair to Buford to compare his situation to James Foster, who had already been committed to another school before he committed to Mizzou last summer. Foster was never as outspoken about his allegiance to Mizzou as Buford was at his ceremony yesterday. That said, I'm not naive enough to assume anything when it comes to recruiting.
He signed with Texas A&M.
Her introductory press conference is today at 4 p.m., so I'll have a better feel for her and her plans after meeting her. On the surface, she's very much a contrast to Earleywine - and not just her gender. She's coached the bulk of her career on the east coast. She's heavily involved in the softball world at a national level, serves on the national ethics committee. But from what I've gathered she's highly respected in the national softball community.
He might be able to earn some minutes in the frontcourt this season. Martin hasn't coached him yet, so when asked about Braun yesterday he didn't want to make any promises he couldn't keep as far as his role this year. Braun's family can afford a year of tuition and with his deep family connections to the school and the hoops programs, agreeing to a walk-on year was worth the risk for him. I'm intrigued to see how he can help this team. One interesting nugget from yesterday: Cuonzo said he consulted Jontay Porter about Braun before making the offer. (Jontay and Braun were AAU teammates.) That says a lot about how much Martin values Jontay's opinion and insight.
I was wondering the same last night and did some archives digging but couldn't find anything. Rick Hummel would have a better idea, but he was consumed with Cards coverage right now.
Martin was asked yesterday and said he was still recovering, which is expected to last until December or January. As for hi scholarship status and possibly medically retiring, Martin said, "We talked about different opportunities. We don’t know yet. But we’ve talked about it." MU is at the 13 scholarship max for next season. Should VanLeer's schollie come open - he could stay on scholarship through the university if he medically retires - MU could make a late addition to the roster, but Martin said there's not a player out there the staff needs to have. At this point, it seems like the roster is what it is for 2018-19.
Past chats aren't archived through the P-D site from what I can tell.
Puryear talked yesterday about earning time at the 3. He'll have to improve his ball-handling and shooting to play serious minutes there - and be able to consistently defend quicker players on the perimeter. Martin said Smith can play the 3 or the 4. He'll have to prove he can consistently shoot from deep to be a regular at the 3, but he likes his length and range. Tilmon averaged 19 minutes last year. I'm sure they'd like to see that closer to 25, in the same range as where Puryear and Porter played last year. Reed averaged 8 minutes last year. That could drop some if Tilmon can figure out how to stay on the floor longer. Smith could be in that 8-12 minute range depending on what position he plays. Don't forget K.J. Santos. He's a big 3 or a smaller 4, but Martin loves his rebounding. He'll be on the floor in some capacity. Too early to guess on Braun. He'll need to add strength to handle the physicality of the SEC.
Baseball recruiting is tricky because the elite high school talent sometimes goes straight to the minor leagues. Mizzou can't survive off in-state talent alone. Jucos are important. Bieser's incoming class has some intriguing pieces. He added some instant impact players last year. He signed the best player in St. Louis this year, Vianney pitcher Luke Mann.
Missouri won't be in the preseason top 25. There are still plenty of questions about the backcourt and scoring in general. My hunch is Missouri will be picked between fifth and eighth in what should be another loaded SEC. Tennessee, Auburn and Kentucky will be top 10 teams. Mississippi State should be top 25 with all the firepower it returns. LSU has a lot of young talent. Florida will be a fringe top 25 team. Mizzou is right there in that next tier.
He can practice. He can do offseason conditioning. He can sit in meetings. He can do essentially everything but play in games. Players who are sitting out the season generally don't go on the road, though there are exceptions. Mitchell Smith went to road games last year even though he wasn't playing in the games.
I'm not sure about that. Schools are more cautious today about building statues for living people. Not that there's any concern Gary's legacy will change any time soon, but I don't sense there's ambition to make that happen now.
Would 7-5 be disappointing with losses to top 10 Georgia and Alabama, plus road losses at Florida, South Carolina and, say, Purdue or Tennessee? You don't hang banners for 7-5, but I'm not sure you declare the program is in decay after back-to-back winning seasons. But clearly 7-5 wouldn't signal progress.
I don't think Mizzou's in danger of losing its recruits who got drafted. They can definitely improve their draft stock by playing in college. Tough break for Bond, who came back to school to improve his stock and saw his production drop off. Plassmeyer will all but certainly sign with Seattle and move on. My guess is Montes de Oca will sign with the Mets. He's been drafted three times now and this is his leverage year. If he struggles next year or has more injury issues he could really cost himself financially.
He's a natural scorer. A perimeter shooter but also someone who can get to the basket. He's got good size in that 6-5 to 6-6 range. Off the top of my head I can't come up with a comparison without watching him more in person. If he can score like Thomas Gardner fans should be pleased.
I understand the sentiment, but what's the point of having college athletics if it's all about two or three teams? I enjoy writing about the non-revenue sports and those athletes have provided some incredible moments over the years.