Kassius Robertson is a Tiger! Let’s see what others are saying on Mizzou’s latest hoops addition.
Robertson made official visits to both Missouri, of the Southeastern Conference, and Georgia Tech, of the Atlantic Coast Conference. He said many high-major schools contacted him.
“It was pretty crazy,” Robertson told The News. “I had a ton of schools interested. Because of the timing, I didn’t set up visits with a lot of them because I knew that five visits would probably cut into summer school, and summer school was important wherever I was going. Georgia Tech wasn’t the only ACC school I was talking to. There were a couple Big East schools. There were a lot of Pac 12 schools. But it came down to the ones where I could set up the visits the quickest, and I felt that was the best position for me.”
As a graduate transfer, the 6-3 Robertson will be immediately eligible to play at Mizzou. A three-year letterman at Canisius in Buffalo, N.Y., Robertson, a Toronto native, was the team’s leading scorer this past season at 16.1 points per game. He shot 41.0 percent from 3-point range. He could add just what Mizzou has been missing in recent seasons. The Tigers haven't had had a perimeter player shoot better than 41 percent from behind the arc since Kim English (45.9) as a senior in 2012.
(I’d forgotten English finish the season that high.)
Robertson joins an incoming class that includes small forward Michael Porter Jr., the No. 1 overall high school player in the 2017 class, along with guards C.J. Roberts of Richland (Texas) Hills High in suburban Dallas and Blake Harris of Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh, N.C.
“Next year ’bout to be a movie,” Robertson wrote in the post announcing his decision.
Robertson will be one of only two seniors on the roster along with Jordan Barnett, who transferred from Texas midway through his sophomore season. Missouri has had only one four-year player — Ryan Rosberg — since 2013.
No four-year guys next year either, obviously, so that means Rosberg will be the only one between English’s class and the Terrence Phillips, et al, class. Good lord.
Robertson and the Golden Griffins faced Kentucky in an early-season matchup last year. Despite an ugly 93-69 loss, Robertson showcased his offensive prowess against one of the nation’s top teams, scoring a team-high 16 points.
During the 2016-17 season, Robertson reached the 20-point plateau on eight occasions, including a 30-point effort in a win over Marist in which he sank nine 3-pointers.
Statement from #Griffs head coach Reggie Witherspoon. pic.twitter.com/Un14Y1zEn7— Canisius Basketball (@Griffs_MBB) May 4, 2017
@Kash_Money_5 Welcome— Blake Harris (@blizzyblake55_) May 4, 2017
And per Sam, here’s the updated scholarship count.
Good eye from @EvanPfaff… my count was off the next two years, here’s the updated graphic. pic.twitter.com/AX2UUhHKdW— Sam Snelling (@SamTSnelling) May 4, 2017
I’ve also been working on this graphic too pic.twitter.com/dgZuTUGCpa— Sam Snelling (@SamTSnelling) May 4, 2017
That roster could use a bit more size, but ... well ... that’s a pretty good roster. This has been a stunning couple of months.
- The Missourian has another piece up on J’den Cox. I’d say more, but you’ve already clicked.
- Biiiiiiiiiiig weekend series for Mizzou Baseball at Vanderbilt. The Tigers have had awful luck against the Commodores through the years, but maybe they’ve just been saving up the good karma for this weekend. They’ll need it.
- The good news: Mizzou Softball didn’t lose at Wichita State yesterday. The bad news: the Tigers didn’t win either. It was canceled due to weather. Bummer; the record could have used a little spiffing up.
- Mizzou’s Amber Smith was invited, along with 32 others, to the USA’s U19 World Cup team trials. Get ‘em.
- Mizzou Tennis’ doubles duo of Amina Ismail and Bea Machado Santos qualified for the NCAAs. If they advance to the quarterfinals, it’ll be a first for Mizzou.
- Mizzou’s women’s golf, soccer, tennis, and volleyball teams all got perfect APR scores for 2015-16. Meanwhile, Euan Walker of Mizzou Men’s Golf was again named league scholar-athlete of the year. Nerds. (We’ll learn about other APR scores next week.)
- The Tiger Top 10 (the video series, not the set of football recruits) is back!
- Want to learn more about the Tiger Leadership Institute?
- New PAPN! Godfrey’s back for a week before going back on paternity leave, and we talked about what cord cutting means for conference realignment, OU’s general unhappiness, and the hypocrisy of complaining about bowl games, then complaining about (injured) players skipping bowl games.