The baseball team takes Uncle Mo to St. Louis.
Roster building in May
Granted, Cheickna Dembele signing with UNLV eliminated one existential question -- do you load up on talent now and take the birds in hand, or keep a longshot spot(s) open for Michael Porter Jr. and maybe a friend of his? Still, if Mizzou lands Eron Gordon after this coming weekend, a) the Tigers would have only one available scholarship to give for 2017, and b) they'd be landing a pretty damn good, four-star guard.
There seems to be less of a need for Gordon, a 6-2 guard from Cathedral High School in Indianapolis and the younger brother of NBA player Eric Gordon and former college player Evan Gordon, especially after Missouri signed former Louisville commit Frankie Hughes and junior college transfer Jordan Geist already this spring. [...]
But Anderson and his staff could decide Gordon is too talented to pass on. [...]
"He’s the most dynamic player I’ve ever coached in transition," Cathedral Coach Andy Fagan said in a phone interview Thursday, "and we’ve got players playing at a number of high-majors and Division I schools. He’s kind of a one-man fastbreak. He gets a rebound, and he’s gone, and usually he can finish with an and-1 or free throws. He can score the ball and just finds a way to make shots."
He’s still not sure if anyone else will be joining them. MU has two scholarships available on its 2016-17 roster, but Anderson must decide if he will use either or both. Missouri needs to leave a scholarship open in this class or the next as part of its self-imposed punishment for NCAA violations.
"I would anticipate trying to sign one more, and we’re looking at different options," the coach said Friday after a public screening of the SEC Storied documentary "Norm" at Mizzou Arena. "We’re looking at big guys, and we’re looking at guards both. There’s always the chance you could sign two. It’s kind of a moving deal. Day by day, it kind of changes. It depends on who it is."
"Candidly, it wasn’t a complete shock" when Gant left, Anderson said. Gant is the fifth player off the roster since February. "It was disappointing only because he’d mentioned several times (after the season) he wasn’t going anywhere. He felt a need to get closer to home. Where he’ll end up I don’t know, but I wish him well. He was good to coach, a good kid. I hope he does well. We’re trying to help him any way we can."
If there’s any good news, with Jakeenan Gant’s decision Thursday to transfer, all links with Haith’s regime are now severed. It’s unequivocally Anderson’s team now and he can claim absolute ownership of the entire operation. [...]
The downside is that the roster now includes only one scholarship senior — forward Russell Woods, a junior college transfer — and no juniors. Anderson still has two available scholarships for next season.
Mizzou ranked third in Ken Pomeroy's Experience measure in 2012, 93rd in 2013, 232nd in 2014, 310th in 2015, and 340th in 2016. Granted, there are only 11 more spots to fall, but with one senior and no juniors, and a boatload of freshmen and sophomores, Mizzou might manage to go even lower this coming year. That's incredible.
Bradley, the nation's least experienced team in 2015-16, played 11 freshmen, a sophomore, and a senior. So uh, Mizzou won't clear that bar, at least.
Zaviar moves north
Zaviar Gooden was one of the most athletic LBs I've seen at Mizzou, injury derailed him with Titans— The REAL OG (@oscargambler) May 2, 2016