It feels like forever since I’ve done a Mizzou Recruiting roundup. Mostly because as last season wore on, I sort of stopped caring about who the coaches were offering since we all expected those coaches to not be retained at the end of the season. It looks like the last official update was September... yeesh.
Well, let’s get down to it. There’s still a couple outstanding decisions. With Kassius Robertson set to decide between Mizzou and Georgia Tech this week, and Jeremiah Tilmon and Jontay Porter’s decisions still out there, we at least have an idea of what the roster will look like next season. So the coaching staff has been busy finding players to fill out their recruiting class for 2018.
If Mizzou ends up with Robertson and one of or both Tilmon and Porter, they’re likely looking at a minimum of three scholarships to fill for the next class. Here are the offers we already knew about but didn’t really talk about:
- Torrence Watson, the 4-star wing from St. Louis is a high priority target
- K.J. Hymes, a 4-star post from Arizona was offered by Martin at Cal
- Jarius Hamilton, a 4-star CF from North Carolina
- Alex Lomax, a 4-star PG from Memphis who was Martin’s first offer as Mizzou head coach
- Naz Reid, a 5-star post from New Jersey
Those are the offers we know of for sure. There are a couple more players we can probably assume Mizzou may offer based on the fact that they are watching and recruiting Ayo Dosunmu (4-star CG from Chicago), Darius Garland (5-star PG from Nashville), Elijah Weaver (4-star CG from Florida), Talen Horton-Tucker (4-star wing from Chicago) and both Christian Bishop (3-star CF) and Jordan Lathon (3-star CG) from Kansas City.
Nassir Little, 6’6 195 lb 4-star Wing, Orlando, FL
Nassir is a rising prospect and many expect him to have a big summer. He’s currently ranked 42nd in the 247sports composite ranking and he’s a consensus top 50 player. Little has a body he can grow into in a lot of ways. He’s a shade under 200 lbs right now but looks like he could easily carry another 30 pounds and not lose any explosiveness.
The Missouri offer is recent, so we’ll learn more about how he fits into their plans but Little has a ton of ability and would obviously be a big addition if the courtship turns serious.
Brandon Johns, 6’7 180 lb 4-star CF, East Lansing, MI
An East Lansing player with a Michigan State offer? I mean, even the screen shot of the video has Tom Izzo in it. So good luck right?
Johns is more of a natural wing who works well in space around the basket so he can easily play the stretch-4 role that’s becoming more and more popular in college basketball. He’s economic in his movements and his handle is improving as well, which makes him more dangerous. His shot mechanics look good so it’s easy to project him as a wing at the next level. Which is why I was surprised to see him listed as a power forward on Rivals. Anytime you see a Michigan kid offered, you have to expect there’s a Cornell Mann influence, so it’s possible Mizzou could pluck him out of Michigan.
Marcus Bingham Jr, 6’10 205 lb 4-star Post, Grand Rapids, MI
Keep the Michigan kids coming, Bingham is from Grand Rapids and I’m not 100% sure that’s him in the video above but it’s the only one on YouTube after a quick search. But #30 in white sorta fits the description for Bingham. Bingham looks to be rising up the charts and teams haven’t quite caught up on the offers with Pitt and Washington being the only two high majors so far.
From the video Bingham looks the part of a big time post athlete but you can’t really determine his skill level. But 6’9 and athletic isn’t something you can teach. As another Michigan kid, Mizzou was able to get in early so we’ll see how this relationship develops.
Darius Days, 6’7 215 lb 4-star Post, Gainesville, FL
Next on the “let’s offer kids from the backyard of other schools” list is Darius Days. Days is from Gainesville and has a Florida offer. But Days is blowing up a little bit this spring with offers coming from all over, so Mizzou had to figure, why not throw their hat in the ring.
Days isn’t explosive but has a great second bounce that helps him around the rim against taller players. He’s a high energy player who, to be quite honest, would fit in great at Florida. All that said, we’ll at least be paying attention.
Montez Mathis, 6’4 190 lb 3-star CG, Essex, MD
Mathis is a 4-star on 247sports, but his composite ranking has him only at 153. That’s usually a sign that one of the main services doesn’t have a recent scout on him as they usually don’t vary that much. But as you can see from the video, Mathis is a physical guard with good athleticism. He reminds me of a pretty traditional Cuonzo Martin style guard who has good size on the perimeter and has the body to carry a few extra pounds for added toughness. Montez has an edge to his game that is easy to appreciate.
We’re starting to see a little bit of a pattern emerging here. Mizzou is obviously looking to fill a couple guard spots and find another post player as well. A primary ball handler isn’t needed but could be added as a luxury, particularly for the right guy. My guess is the primary target is Torrence Watson, with K.J. Hymes and Alex Lomax not too far behind. Watson is going to be a tough battle as Michigan’s John Beilein, Butler’s Chris Holtman and Marquette’s Steve Wojciechowski have all prioritized the wing as well.
As the summer progresses we’ll keep an eye on the guys who narrow their list and keep Missouri in play, and who makes it to campus on an official visit. Either way it’s kind of fun to see these offers go out and think Missouri has a chance.
UPDATE 8:04pm 05/03: Today Mizzou offered a 3* post from North Carolina in Ian Steere. Steere is a 6’9 230 lb low block post from Wesleyan Christian in High Point, NC who has been picking up major offers left and right. Arkansas, Kansas, Clemson, Georgia, Florida State and many others have all chipped in within the last few days.