I always feel bad for squeezing in basketball links below about 15 football items in a Links post, so I figured I'd isolate some recent basketball links for a post of their own. How's it going at Mizzou Arena?
Mizzou Athletics announced that it will host its Black & Gold Game, featuring the men's and women's basketball programs, on Oct. 15 at Mizzou Arena.
Admission to the event is $3 or free with the donation of three canned food items benefitting the Tiger Pantry.
Doors to Mizzou Arena open at 6 p.m. and members of both Mizzou Basketball programs will be on the concourse signing autographs on the 2013-14 team posters. Scrimmages are scheduled to begin at 6:45 p.m.
"I'm kind of more like a combo guard," said Clarkson, who averaged 16.5 points and 2.5 assists as a sophomore at Tulsa. "I probably score better. My passing ability is not as up to par as his."
His coach and his teammates think he'll do just fine creating scoring chances for the guys around him. […]
"He's more of a threat obviously," sophomore forward Stefan Jankovic said. "He's a true scorer, so him coming off the pick-and-roll, teams have to help, watch the drive. He can shoot, drive, so it helps us get open as shooters."
Said Haith: "You've got to pick how you're going to defend it in terms of what you're going to try to take away. I think Jordan will do a good job in terms of taking advantage of the defense, what they give him."
2. Jordan Clarkson, G, Missouri (from Tulsa)
Even though Missouri coach Frank Haith has landed seven transfers in his two-plus years in Columbia, Clarkson has the potential to be the best of them. He averaged 16.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists as a sophomore at Tulsa and spent last season adding muscle to his 6-foot-5 frame and improving his point guard skills while sitting out at Missouri. In his first season of eligibility, Clarkson will be expected to make an immediate impact both as a dynamic perimeter scorer and creator who will help replace NBA-bound Phil Pressey at point guard.
"Yeah, Bill and I are actually really good friends," Haith told FOXSportsKansasCity.com before the Coaches vs. Cancer Season Tipoff Reception Tuesday in downtown Kansas City. "And I really like Bill a lot."
But as to the game ...
"It's just not time," Haith said.
"And I think we would like to play," Haith continued. "So someday -- I don't know if it will be while I'm still the coach at Missouri -- but I think someday they will play.
"I think it will happen again. But right now, it's just not the time."
Good to know. So stop asking him now.