Three quick basketball recruiting updates for you to start your Tuesday morning:
- Kevin Knox will be announcing his decision soon. Signs still point to Not Mizzou.
Kevin Knox Sr. Tells me @kevin_knox23 will likely announce between Thursday-Sunday.— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) May 1, 2017
- Recruiting is fun. KSDK’s Frank Cusumano says Mizzou’s “starting to feel good” about Jeremiah Tilmon in his “eventful recruitment.”
- 2019 Vashon point guard Mario McKinney talked to PrepHoops.com and spoke highly of Mizzou.
And while we’re talking basketball ... the Trib’s new website is a bit ... tricky when it comes to finding things you want to find. Like most redesigns, it’ll probably become familiar pretty quickly. Regardless, said website has a couple of pieces you definitely want to check out. Daniel Jones is two-thirds of his way through a lengthy three-part series on Cuonzo Martin.
At Missouri, Martin quickly climbed Sterk’s coaching list. Sterk resisted reaching out to him directly, so he asked for insider help.
Sterk consulted the Bennetts. He reached out to Mike White, the coach at Florida and brother of MU Executive Associate AD Brian White. He contacted Ron Sanchez, an assistant coach at Virginia and a close friend of Martin. All helped “prime the pump.”
Sterk also reached out to Steve Fisher, who was the basketball coach during Sterk’s six-year stint at San Diego State. Fisher was happy to help.
“When I was at San Diego State, I believe I had seven or eight athletic directors in 18 years, if you count the interims,” Fisher said. “I had the ability to work with any of them. Jim Sterk is a rare bird. He is someone that you immediately feel comfortable with.”
Four months into his playing career in Italy, Martin’s health deteriorated. He had a hard time catching his breath on the court. He lost 30 pounds — dropping from 215 to 185 — after moving abroad.
He was perplexed by the weight loss, though he thought little of it. His former teammate Ian Stanback lost 50 pounds after moving to Portugal to play professionally.
“I would always have” Stanback “kinda in my mind,” Martin said. “Like, ‘He lost a lot of weight. Maybe it’s something in the food or water, I don’t know.’ I would eat the food, and I would have it in my mouth, and I would just put it in a napkin. I really wasn’t eating it. I was tricking myself.”
Team doctors convinced him to go back to the United States after he passed out during a practice. Roberta and Joshua had just moved to Italy a month prior.
That’s when they found cancer.
Those are lengthy blurbs because both are lengthy, worthwhile pieces. Do check them out.
- Dave Matter took a look at all the former Mizzou Football players currently on NFL rosters, and The Trib’s Blake Toppmeyer reminds us that small Mizzou draft classes used to be the norm. Meanwhile, Mizzou Network looked into What Drives Charles Harris.
- Lutheran North coach Carl Reed is a fun follow.
The best player to ever come out of St. Louis was Tony Van Zant. Please don't debate me on this.— Carl Reed (@CoachReed314) May 2, 2017
- A miserably unsuccessful Mizzou Baseball homestand wraps up this evening at 6 pm CT against Murray State. Andy Toelken gets the start against the 22-22 Racers.
- Mizzou swimmer Hannah Stevens ripped off the fifth-best 100m backstroke in the world this year (and the 10th best in US history) in the UMiz Invite over the weekend. Damn.