No questions in the hopper right now, so I'm going to chat with a few Mizzou players here briefly. Feel free to keep submitting questions
Good question. I think you'll see him produce at a similar level as Geist, 14-15 points per game, maybe a few more assists (4-5) because the other players will be better finishers (ideally). He was a really efficient shooter at Evansville, from 2 and 3-point range. He's got enough size to be a solid rebounding guard, similar to Mark Smith. He'll be counted on to do a lot. Geist, being a fellow Indiana native, is extremely high on Smith. Here's what he told me earlier this week: "He’s going to be in a similar role to what I’m in now. He’ll have to score the ball, but as these freshmen get more experience and confidence he’s going to facilitate a little more and rely on them to score more. Once Mark (Smith) gets back and Rio (McKinney) adds to the guard spot, they’re going to be able to push the ball and this will be more of a fast-break team. They’ll really get down on defense, too. I think it’s going to be a lot different team."
I'm tied up with hoops and football right now. Joe Lyons has done our wrestling and MMA coverage when it comes to the former Mizzou guys.
Cuonzo is taking questions now, talking about the team's four seniors going into tomorrow's home finale.
Martin on Mitchell Smith's 11 rebounds at Georgia, says he looks at that total same as scoring 20-25 points. "As he continues to gain confidence and comfort playing on the floor ... he'll become a better player." Said he looks at this as Smith's first year playing major minutes in a program even though he's a junior in school.
Hard to say because they play different positions. I would think there's more of an opportunity for Braun just because there aren't as many established players at the positions that Braun can play. Suggs will have Watson and Pickett ahead of him.
He'll have a chance to play minutes next year. Martin likes what he's seen in practice this year. There have been times when he's outplayed some of the veteran bigs on the roster.
I'm not sure exactly but probably something related to Michael Porter Jr. He was instant traffic.
He's good enough to make some money overseas. I could also see him getting into coaching if that's something he wants to pursue, like his dad.
He's crafty. Maybe not the fastest guy, but what little I've seen in practice, he's going to play and possibly start. He gets open, makes tough catches. He's trying to build some chemistry with Bryant - and it helps that they're roommates. Hard to say what kind of numbers he'll put up because we don't know how deep their rotation will get and how much passing they'll do overall. If he becomes a starter, no reason he can't catch 30-40 balls. The tight ends are going to be involved, and Johnson will get his share in the slot. Knox could be a future star on the outside, too.
I would expect Dru Smith to be the point guard with Pinson as his backup. Smith, Watson, Pickett and McKinney on the wing.
I can't say it any better than what Ben Frederickson wrote this week. Bold strategy but smart. This is not only about trying to change the NCAA's mind and overturn the penalties. The folks who serve on the appeals committee don't live in Missouri, so they'll probably never see those billboards. This is part of the strategy of mobilizing support among the supporters in Missouri and growing the fan base. People like getting behind a cause, and Mizzou needs to build its base of donors. This is the way to rally those potential boosters.
Good player who had some great moments but I'd stop short of saying he had a great career. But he was a widely respected teammate. Very valuable team leader. I think he can put together a long, productive NFL career, but I'm not sure he's an NFL star. Think more along the lines of CJ Mosley, who made a lot of money over a long career. Beckner went through a lot with the two major knee injuries but he put together a very solid career, better than most who have come through the program at that position. I'd put him just a step behind Richardson and Ziggy Hood as far as the best D-tackles to come out of Mizzou in the last 25 years.
They're donated as far as I know.
Plenty. Technically, it's not an internship. It's a paid freelancer role that essentially serves as my sidekick on the beat. Anne Rogers set the bar high this year.
Players generally announce intentions to transfer after the season or once they've completed coursework in May.