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Missouri saw something in Kentrell Brothers that others did not

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Post-Dispatch: Finally, Mizzou basketball hints at progress

The Trib (Steve Walentik): More notes from Missouri's loss at Mississippi

[Namon] Wright had his best shooting game of the season, going 7 for 9 from the field and 6 of 7 from beyond the arc, while finishing with a season-best 20 points. His six made 3-pointers matched a season high, and he’s actually gone 13 for 23 from 3-point range in his past four games after making 23 of 90 in the first 24 games.

"It feels good to see the ball go in the net from beyond the arc for me personally because of how bad I’ve been shooting this year, and I know in practice I shoot great. I get in the gym, and I know I’m a great shooter. I just have to be consistent, and I have to stay mentally focused and don’t worry about everything else, and then I’ll get back to my old self shooting the ball really well.

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The Missourian: Senior Day holds a different meaning for Missouri women's basketball

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PowerMizzou: Combine Video: Evan Boehm

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Daily Oklahoman: Former Guthrie star Kentrell Brothers has eyes set on NFL

OU coach Bob Stoops had sat down with Brothers and talked about the possibility of a scholarship, but nothing ever materialized. Oklahoma State expressed interest, but the coaches there told Brothers — viewed by some as too small to play linebacker and too slow to play in the secondary at the collegiate level — they were unsure where to put him on the field.

One reason Brothers liked Missouri was that the school's coaches seemed to know exactly where he'd fit in: inside linebacker. [Josh] Henson and the Tigers' staff loved the way Brothers always seemed to find the football. He was strong for someone his size and absolutely fearless.

"Everybody kind of looked at him as kind of undersized," said Rafe Watkins, who coached Brothers at Guthrie and has since moved to Muskogee. "I think that's why our state schools didn't offer him. … He went up to Missouri, and Coach Henson was the one who really recruited him. He said, ‘I just see his nose for the ball. I don't know how we can't want him.'"

Josh Henson's last year in Columbia wasn't particularly enjoyable, but he gave Tiger fans quite a gift by pursuing Brothers.

NFLDraftScout evaluations

Kentrell Brothers, ILB, Missouri

IN OUR VIEW: Brothers plays with above average recognition skills and anticipation to beat blockers to the contact point, but for his high tackle production, he also misses several tackles due to his lack of ideal speed and length. However, he's able to compensate for his average athleticism due to his competitive nature and superb instincts to be a tackling machine.

NFL COMPARISON: D'Qwell Jackson, Indianapolis Colts - Similar to Jackson, Brothers is an average athlete, but his tackling abilities will trump scheme in the NFL, projecting best inside in a 3-4 base or strong side in a 4-3 formation.

Evan Boehm, C, Missouri

Connor McGovern, OG

Kenya Dennis, CB

Spring approaches

The Trib (David Morrison): Senior WR Eric Laurent put on scholarship for 2016

The Trib (David Morrison): Position Primer: Running Backs Mizzou Spring Football Preview: Defensive Ends Mizzou Spring Football Preview: Defensive Tackles

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247 Sports: NCAA issues ruling on subtweeting recruits

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And on the other diamond...

The Trib: Earleywine explains circumstances leading to his one-game suspension

Although issuing a verbal scholarship offer before a prospect’s senior year is permissible, NCAA bylaw states that no written offer of athletics aid can be made to a prospect before Aug. 1 of her senior year.

Earleywine said he didn’t realize he was violating the rule.

"I thought a written offer meant like a National Letter of Intent, where it’s a document and everybody signs it. I didn’t think email was written, but, of course, it is," he said.

Earleywine’s mistake was an NCAA Level III violation, considered a secondary violation.

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