Mizzou Links, 6-26-13

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Mining diamonds in the rough on the recruiting trail, getting ready for the draft, and tweaking some basketball rules.

1. New football commit: Zach Hudson

I'm going to write about this at some point soon, but ... this is just the weirdest damn recruiting class that I can remember. Mizzou continues to unearth new commits out of the blue, and while almost all of them have been completely unheralded from either a rankings or "other offers" standpoint, they're still getting offers from Missouri rather early in the recruiting process. It's hard to call Mizzou desperate or accuse the staff of reaching on these guys -- it's not like Mizzou's sitting at 10 commitments in mid-January 2013 here; one would think that they would be holding as many spots as possible open on the off chance that things improve dramatically on the field this fall, but they're seeing enough from an athletic and film standpoint to make early offers, and they're pulling in commits ... from guys other major conference schools either haven't noticed or haven't cared to offer. It is Mizzou's decade-long Texas strategy on steroids.

Mizzou now has 12 commits before July 1. The Tigers had 10 in 2013 (well, 10 that ended up sticking ... that's a decent-sized asterisk), six in 2012, seven in 2011, six in 2010, 12 in 2009, eight in 2008, and five in 2007. This is usually seen as a sign of either in-state momentum (because a good portion of early Mizzou commits have tended to be in-staters before this year) or program momentum overall. This year, only five of 12 commits are from Missouri, and only two of 12 have ratings better than a 5.5 three-star by Rivals. But Mizzou's still offering and still getting commits. I ... have no idea what to think about this class. It is defying the logic we have come to lean on for all previous classes, and that could be very, very good or very, very bad. Can you be full of optimism and dread at the same time?

Regardless ... Zach Hudson is a big boy at 6'6, 270, with room to grow. And his film certainly shows a mean streak.

PowerMizzou: Florida OL picks Mizzou
KC Star: Tampa, Fla., offensive tackle commits to Missouri football team
TampaBay.com: Sickles' Zach Hudson commits to Missouri

More Recruiting
PowerMizzou: In-state success and national ranking
PowerMizzou: Mizzou impresses Sousa

2. The NBA Draft is tonight tomorrow night!

I used to look forward to this event so much when it was on TNT. Now I really don't even watch it.

The Trib (Steve Walentik): An analyst's opinion on Missouri draft hopefuls
KC Star: ESPN’s Chad Ford on Phil Pressey: ‘You’re almost screaming at him from the sidelines’
Post-Dispatch: Help wanted: NBA point guard
KC Star: Former MU forward Laurence Bowers seen as NBA ‘tweener’
KC Star: Alex Oriakhi stays loose while waiting for NBA Draft

Mizzou's draft history
Post-Dispatch: Tiger tandem launched NBA careers with '83 draft

3. We're close enough to the fall for MUtigers.com season previews!!!

MUtigers.com: Volleyball Season Preview Part One - Outside Hitters

4. Eat THAT, Tennessee!!

Stat Intelligence: Estimated College Football Market Power Ratings

5. More teleconference goodies

The Trib (Steve Walentik): A few more notes from the SEC summer teleconference

Rules Stuff
The Trib (AP): NCAA tweaks rules on replays, charges

6. WHATNOT

Baseball
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Baseball on Twitter: The Week That Was
The Trib: Gibson adds one more MU hurler to the mix in the big leagues

Swimming & Diving
MUtigers.com: Tigers to Compete at 2013 Phillips 66 National Championships

Softball
MUtigers.com: E-Mails from E-Crane (Tuesday, June 25)

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