It’s finally time. Missouri is in desperate need of scoring help, and the last time Jordan Barnett played an official game at Mizzou Arena, he scored 43 points. Barnett will make his debut on Saturday, and his success (or lack thereof) will end up a direct player in whether Kim Anderson can hold onto his job. No pressure!
“He told me the other day, ‘Dad, I’m ready,’” Bonner said in a phone interview. “I said, ‘OK, Son. There’s nothing for me to say. We’ll see shortly.’”
When Saturday’s game tips off at 2:30 p.m., exactly 1,001 days will have passed since Barnett played his final high school game on Norm Stewart Court and delivered CBC its sixth state title. Barnett figured he’d never play another game on the Tigers’ home floor. Or so he thought.
Teammates said that Jordan Barnett has been dominating practice with his all-around game, and Anderson said the transfer has been running with the first team in practices leading up to Saturday's game against Eastern Illinois.
However ... practicing with intensity and playing competitively are two different levels of basketball, and it might take a bit for Barnett to get fully acclimated to the college game. [...]
He has a calendar that he's been marking with X's, counting the days until he can finally play.
"It's on those last couple boxes," Jordan Barnett said. "It's going to be a really good experience just putting that big X through Saturday."
Barnett’s last game at Mizzou Arena was March 22, 2014, when his Christian Brothers College squad took on Hickman in the MSHSAA Class 5 championship game. Barnett scored 43 points and gathered 20 rebounds in an 86-77 overtime victory, a remarkable performance to cap a memorable senior season for Barnett.
It was also a stellar season for the Kewpies, a talented squad that featured Jimmy Whitt, Chris Clark, Mason Murray, Douglas Johnson and Jordan Jones. Hickman finished the year 27-3 and made its first state title game since 1968.
— The Trib
KA doesn't want to put pressure on Barnett but ... "I think he’ll be a difference maker."— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) December 15, 2016
Anderson: Barnett brings more size to wing. Can create mismatches. Expects him to be a difference-maker. "Significant? Remains to be seen."— Tod Palmer (@todpalmer) December 15, 2016
Anderson: Shaka Smart didn't want Barnett to transfer. Foresaw more min in 16-17. But Barnett wanted a bigger role & to be closer to home.— Tod Palmer (@todpalmer) December 15, 2016
Smart didn't want Barnett to leave but was complimentary of him. KA: "Jordan is a low maintenance guy."— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) December 15, 2016
Mizzou and EIU tip off at 2:30 pm CT on SEC Network. It’s Star Wars Day.
Other Mizzou Links
- No, it’s not just that Missouri is bad at shooting — it’s the shots Mizzou is taking. They’re aware, at least.
- See ya, Sean Culkin.
Mizzou, it's been a pleasure. I have invested so much of my life in this State, Town, University, and Football Program. Leaving you will be one of the harder things I've faced, but I am excited for the next chapter of my life! Thanks for all the many memories and relationships that I will never forget. MIZ!
- As feared, Willie Miklus is out for the season. :( :( :( :( :( With him, Mizzou was a dark horse national wrestling title contender. Without him ... probably not.
- We began piecing together Mizzou’s 2017 softball schedule a while back, and now it’s out for real. 23 home games at the new digs east of the Hearnes Center. The team is loaded ... except for that pesky “pitcher” position. I’ve heard that’s a relatively important spot in the lineup.
- Mizzou’s Lauren Reedy is in the finals of the 1-meter springboard at the USA Winter Diving Championships.
- From SBN: some really good Craig Sager content.
- From SBN: Godfrey and I recorded a new PAPN yesterday!