With two verbal commitments in the bag, Mizzou Basketball is on the hunt for at least one more. Tigers coaches are hoping to land a more physical presence on the inside and they've got a visitor this weekend who can fit that bill. Willie Jackson and Mitchell Smith have officially taken the last two scholarships available for the 2016-17 season, but in Smith they have a finesse big man, to complement him coaches would prefer to get one more big that has a touch more of the physical nature to his game.
Here is the current situation with the scholarships:
So yes, there are no scholarships to give out, but given the nature of college basketball, particularly the Mizzou Basketball roster over the last several years, attrition will happen. It's very likely that Mizzou coaches will not even have to show somebody the door, as the odds are greatly in their favor that somebody will just leave to seek greener pastures. After all, I don't think many thought Johnathan Williams III or Montaque Gill-Caesar would be the most likely to leave the team last year, but here we are.
Scheduled for an official visit this weekend is Reed Nikko. A 6'10 post player from Minnesota.
|Osseo, MN (Maple Grove)
|6'10 / 210
Missouri - 10/03
Kansas St - 10/10
(8/31/15): Changes in 247Sports Crystal Ball have three picks of Nikko to Mizzou
(8/25/15): Schedules Official visit to Missouri on Oct 3rd
The situation with Nikko is simple. He has a scholarship offer that is committable at this stage. He has a trip scheduled to K-State next weekend, and Iowa is also in his top 3. It's hard not to see the writing on the wall with how strong a commitment is to Mizzou at this stage. It is possible that he doesn't make a commitment this weekend, but goes and sees Kansas State first before deciding. But without a scheduled visit to Iowa, and with Iowa already having multiple post commitments, Nikko isn't likely to end up there. The Crystal Ball at 247sports shows Mizzou in a strong position.
The one vote for Minnesota hasn't been updated since July, and since that top Nikko has posted a top 3 that left the Gophers out. The word is that the staff really likes Nikko, and would take him if he wanted to commit.
Now you all may be asking: "What does that mean for Bam Adebayo?"
For one, it has ALWAYS been a very long shot to land a player like Bam. At this stage, Mizzou has not gotten Bam to agree to a visit, and he'll be on campus at North Carolina State, where most experts have him pegged to commit at some stage. His AAU teammate, and fellow 5-star, Dennis Smith Jr., has already committed to the Pack. So it would be a surprise if Adebayo doesn't follow him there as well. Bam has also expressed interest in heading to Kentucky, Louisville and Wake Forest. Just getting him onto campus in Columbia would be a major coup for the Tigers staff. Getting a commitment? Nearly unheard of. So don't expect it.
If Nikko commits, the Tigers are effectively done with the 2016 class. That means that they've effectively stopped recruiting Gorjok Gak. Iran Bennett is a guy they'll keep tabs on, but he has some serious issues with his weight that he needs to address, and until he does he won't get any serious looks from the Tigers' staff. Bruno Fernando, at this stage, looks more likely to be a 2017 reclassification due to his academics, and the James Banks ship sailed a while ago. There will be some contact with a few players still going on, but unless some really unexpected roster attrition happens at the end of the season, the class will have wrapped up if Nikko commits.
They will keep working Adebayo as long as the chance exists, and they will find room for him if they're able to pull off a commitment, but the plan is to hold onto the rest of their officials for the class of 2017, which they can start using after January 1, 2016. That's obviously a big class with names like Michael Porter Jr., Jeremiah Tilmon, Victor Bailey, Jr, Trae Young, and Trevon Duval as some extremely talented players who the coaches are targeting.
Speaking of 2017 players, there is an unofficial visitor coming in this weekend...
Hearing this visit to Mizzou may be this weekend for Jared Ridder. Unofficial of course, he's a '17 https://t.co/jtIZqptxmf
— Sam Snelling (@SamSnellingRMN) September 29, 2015
Since we haven't talked about him in recruiting updates to date, we'll give him the normal treatment here:
Jared Ridder, Unrated 6-7, 180 lb Wing, Kickapoo HS, Springfield, MO
The Lowdown: Ridder will be on the next update of the Hot Board, he's a long rangy shooter with decent athleticism. Ridder's a Missouri boy being from Springfield and attending Kickapoo High School. He also played AAU basketball for MoKan Elite, which (if you follow those sorts of things) you'll recognize as the same team as Michael Porter, Jr and Trae Young. Obviously with those two there aren't going to be a ton of shots left, but Ridder is the kind of guy that won't wow you, but he can flat shoot the ball. The coaches have not offered him a scholarship to date, and I don't know that we'll see one without some more evaluation, but an offer could happen at some point. Currently Ridder has interest from Northwestern, Missouri State and Davidson. But I expect the interest to pick up after he adds some strength, a strong senior season and a good spring AAU session.
EDIT: UPDATE ON TRAY HOLLOWELL - 3:57 pm
I can confirm that Tray Hollowell will also be in town at Mizzou on an unofficial. Got the word a few hours ago, but have been offline!
— Sam Snelling (@SamSnellingRMN) October 2, 2015
One last note, there was another combo guard from Kentucky named Tray Hollowell who was originally scheduled to see Mizzou on an unofficial visit this weekend as well. As of yet I haven't been able to confirm his visit. I'll pass along anything I hear.
It's been confirmed that Hollowell will be on campus this weekend for an unofficial visit. Hollowell is a point guard from Hopkinsville, KY. He plays at University Heights Academy and has an offer from Oklahoma State, and interest from Dayton, Stanford, Tennessee, Indiana and Wichita State so far.