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Report: Mizzou out of the running for Kevin Knox

Gabe Dearmond’s sources tend to be pretty good. (Hopefully they’re not this time, of course.)

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PowerMizzou’s Gabe Dearmond tweeted this afternoon that he’s hearing Mizzou might be on the outs regarding Kevin Knox’s recruitment.

PowerMizzou subscribers can read more on the pay boards over there, but that’s certainly the gist.

Thanks to the efforts of recent commit Michael Porter Jr., Mizzou went from a total non-factor to a finalist for Knox’s services, along with three blue-bloods (Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky) and Florida State, his parents’ alma mater. All involved schools had in-home visits last week, with Missouri’s Cuonzo Martin sandwiched on the dance card by UNC’s Roy Williams (2016 NCAA finalist, 2017 NCAA champion) and Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski (2015 NCAA champion).

If Dearmond’s sources are right — and they typically are — that means Mizzou will have to settle for having made a hell of a run but not getting to the finish line first.

By all accounts, Mizzou remains in good shape with two other five-star recruits — East St. Louis power forward Jeremiah Tilmon and 2017/2018 blue-chipper Jontay Porter, brother of Michael Jr. But the thought of two top-10 players (MPJ and Knox) attacking defenses from opposite wings appears to be on life support at best.

Of course ... you never know...