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Two big things to note on this lovely (and soon to be all sorts of hot) Mother's Day:

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1. Frank Haith scored a huge commitment yesterday, getting a verbal from 2013 prospect Tyrek Coger.

This is big for any number of reasons.  First, and probably most important, he's quite good.  ESPN grades a 92 out of 100.

Tyrek has excellent feet and great hands which allows him to finish inside against player much older and more physical than himself. He has a soft touch around the bucket and can fill the lanes on the break, scoring all the way to the bucket or dropping a short foul line jumper on the secondary.

A willing runner but needs stamina to keep beating his opponents down the floor for transition baskets. Defensively he blocks out to rebound while blocking shots to protect the rim. An average basketball athlete who needs to tone up his body as time goes on but an inside threat on every possession.

Bottom Line:
Coger is an up and coming big man with very good offensive skills for a young player. He has the potential to be one of the top post players in the 2013 class. Once he gets stronger in his upper body he will be a load for all to bounce off of in the interior.

Second, he's a member of the Chris Paul All-Stars AAU team, confirming that, if nothing else, Tim Fuller's connections and recruiting abilities are legit.  It didn't take him long to establish a strong connection with a kid, and it didn't take the staff long to seal the deal.

Finally, Coger's got talented friends.  PowerMizzou subscribers were privy to interesting information in Friday's Chamber (probably the best Chamber I've read to date -- great stuff) regarding not only his known relationship with 2012 stud Rodney Purvis, but also a potentially solid friendship with four-star 2012 2013 small forward Ishmail Wainwright of Raytown.  Obviously we'll have to wait a while to see Coger on the court, but the symbolism of the commitment is impressive.

2. If Ehren Earleywine's Tigers want a chance at the Big 12 title, they've got to win today.

In front of a killer crowd, Mizzou couldn't escape some great Texas pitching and defense and lost, 2-0.  The scenario heading into the series was simple: split the series, sweep Iowa State this coming week, and either tie for or win the conference title.  Sweep the series, sweep Iowa State, win the title outright.  Get swept, and it's all but over.  ESPN's covering the game live at noon.  Want to see how far Mizzou Softball has come?  ESPN doesn't exactly show a ton of softball (ESPN1 doesn't, anyway), and this will be the second time in three weekends that they'll be covering a game from Columbia.  Should be a lovely, sunny day, so if your mom or wife likes softball, the outdoors, or both, head on down to University Field.