If you follow me on Twitter, some of this will be old news, but I figure we'll take a look at who is visiting this weekend to see what kind of recruiting strategy the Mizzou coaches have moving forward. Obviously the top target is Michael Porter, Jr, and yes reports are this weekend he'll be at Late Night at the Phog, but he's from Columbia, and I'm hearing he'll likely be on campus this weekend at Mizzou as well. I'm leaving him off this list, because it's generally safe to assume that he's around a lot. But the rest of the these guys are either new to Mizzou recruiting, or at least making important unofficial visits.
Trace Young, 2017 Wing, 6'7 180 lb, Huntington Prep, WV
Young is a high 3-star wing from Kentucky who recently transferred to Huntington Prep, he is rated the 113th best player in 2017 by 247sports Jerry Meyer, and the 137th best player according the Rivals. He has two very early predictions on his 247sports Crystal Ball to Purdue and Mississippi State, and he's fielded scholarship offers from Virginia Tech, DePaul and USC amongst others. I'd look for Youngs recruiting to pick up a bit this year as he gets exposed to the high talent levels of prep school basketball.
Boko Mupungu, 2017 Post, 6'9 195, Huntington Prep, WV
No rivals/247 profiles at this point
Not much is known about Mupungu since he's only recently arrived in the United States, other than the fact his name is awesome. What I do know is that he is from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and he played in the Philippines at Southwestern University (still basically a HS level) before coming to the United States. We'll likely get a better feel for his ability as he's exposed to a higher level of talent here, but in the meantime we can take solace knowing that he dominated the University of the Philippines with a double double.
Mamoudou Diarra, 2017 Combo Forward, 6'8 195 lb, St. Louis Christian, MO
6'9 2017 SF Mamoudou Diarra of St. Louis Christian Academy is a skilled big with a 7'2" wingspan. pic.twitter.com/oHCmWhRECW— Prep Hoops Missouri (@PrepHoopsMO) September 24, 2015
Not a lot of known about Mamoudou at this stage other than he hails from Mali, a landlocked country in West Africa, and he's a heckuva player. Scouting services that have seem him play have labeled him as a potential high major plus type of player. He's a smooth combo forward who excels at attacking off the dribble and was one of just 8 African born players invited to the NBA's prestigious Basketball Without Borders camp last February. Diarra shouldn't be confused with Mamadou Diarra, a Post player from Woodstock Academy who committed to UConn in the spring. The former Diarra played last year at Napa Valley Prep(the same school as Josh Jackson the top recruit in 2016 attended) in California, but injured his knee last season and has decided to attend St. Louis Christian for this upcoming season. He made the rounds during the offseason and showed an impact at the John Lucas Midwest Combine, where coaches got their first glimpse at his talent.
Wyatt Yess, 2017 Combo Forward, 6'7 195 lb, Parkway West, MO
There isn't a rating on Wyatt at this stage, but mostly because he had to sit out the AAU season with an injury. He should be at full strength by the time his team takes the court this winter however. Wyatt is a lanky combo forward who has the ability to step out, shoot from deep and has developing handles. He currently holds a scholarship offer from Mizzou, as well as SLU and Wyoming at this point. It will be interesting to see his recruitment move forward as he's obviously a skilled player, who just needs to develop more strength as he gets older.
Carte'Are Gordon, 2018 Post, 6'8 240 lb, St. John Vianney, MO
Gordon is one of the top names in all of the 2018 class. He's a bullish forward from St. Louis who is ranked 24th in 247sports, and 17th in the Rivals rankings. There is a lot to like about Gordon, but Mizzou faces an uphill battle to land the big man. He doesn't play for the Eagles or for Gateway, where most of the connections for the coaching staff are. He plays with the Ramey Jets, which is actually based in Belleville, IL. Gordon already holds offers from Kansas, Kansas State, Illinois, St. Louis, Mizzou and Purdue. He's also got interest from Virginia, North Carolina and Stanford. And its only going to pick up over the next year. Gordon is also planning on being at Late Night at the Phog, Kansas' annual basketball event this weekend. He'll be traveling with Jadis White, a 2018 point guard at Chaminade, though its unclear of Mizzou's interest in White. Courtney Ramey, a 4-star combo guard from Webster Groves, is also planning on visiting Kansas, but I haven't been able to confirm if he's joining Gordon and White at Mizzou.
Torrence Watson, 2018 Combo Guard, 6'4 165 lb, Whitfield, MO
Watson is one of the more exciting players from the state of Missouri in the '18 class. He's a bit of a combo guard but plays primarily on the wing now, although his point guard skills are developing which is a good thing because he has great size and athleticism. He already has offers from Missouri, Kansas State, SLU and he's getting interest from Creighton, Vanderbilt and others.
Here's a piece from St. Louis station KSDK on Watson: Watson is blowing up on the recruiting scene
Jonathan Kabongo, 2018 Combo Guard, 6'3 160 lb, Huntington Prep, WV
Kabongo is the younger brother of former Texas Longhorn Myck Kabongo. He hails from Toronto, Ontario, Canada,
though he was born in Zaire (his brother was born in Zaire - before Zaire became the Democratic Republic of Congo, Jon was born in Canada; the family emigrated before Jon was born... TIL -- thanks HHKB). He has a lot in common with his older brother as a lengthy combo guard who possesses great balls skills. His profile is about to grow by leaps and bounds as he gets more national exposure. I'd expect him to have a similar ranking to his brother by the time he's a senior, he's got 4-star guard ability written all over him. According to VerbalCommits, he already has offers from Washington State, Virginia Tech and Indiana.
Shaun Williams, 2018 Point Guard, 6'0 145 lb, Hazelwood Central, MO
I don't have a lot of info on Williams, other than him being a sophomore point guard at Hazelwood Central. Central has a long history of being one of the top programs in the St. Louis area. Obviously the Tigers missed out on Xavier Sneed, but the staff is in place now to make an early impression on Williams. Williams played varsity as a freshmen, and could have a big year as Hazelwood Central is primed for run with Sneed on the wing. Williams plays for the Eagles, and had a nice run on the 15U team over the summer. As I hear more I'll pass it along.
Gaven Pinkley, 2018 Combo Forward, 6'6 170 lb, Hillsboro, MO
Pinkley is an interesting player, he was one of the top freshmen in the St. Louis area a year ago, and he started and played out of position as a stretch four, when he's more of a natural wing. Hillsboro doesn't play the toughest slate of opponents, but Pinkley led his team in scoring and rebounds. He's a player to keep an eye on, and he should get plenty of exposure playing with the Ramey Jets.
Ousmane Ndim, 2019 Post, 7'0 235 lb, St. Louis Christian, MO
EDIT: Ndim is not attending his visit this weekend, he's instead coming for the Black and Gold game later in the month, but I'll leave what I wrote earlier because why not?
Ugh, I know... I don't want to think about 2019 either, but here we are. Ndim is a super prospect in that he's already got great size and length. A nearly 7'0" tall, he's got a 7'6" wingspan. Projecting his size, skill level and athleticism for his age, he's a likely 5-star prospect. So it's good to get in early for a guy at that level. Ndim is originally from Senegal and currently playing at Hillcrest Prep in San Antonio, which has been in the news recently because DeAndre Ayton (top 5 2017) and Marvin Bagley (top 5 2018) have joined forces to play together at the school. It should be interesting to chart Ndim's progress.
So good luck to the coaches as they host a great list of players this weekend. It should be a fun atmosphere.