We can’t go more than about three days in a row without some sort of basketball recruiting headlines popping up. Monday: no different. Here’s the latest.
Remember Blake Hinson? He’s visiting Columbia soon.
So sayeth Gabe and company.
Source confirms to me that Missouri will have 2018 wing Blake Hinson in town for a visit this weekend. @GabeDeArmond had it first.— Alex Schiffer (@TheSchiffMan) April 23, 2018
Call this Jontay insurance if you want, but Hinson is an intriguing prospect on his own. He’s the brother of Evan Hinson, the dual-sport athlete from South Carolina who moonlights off the bench for Frank Martin. Blake was a highly-rated tight end who decided he wanted to play basketball and is an inside-outside threat who can play the perfect stretch-four in today’s more open game.
He’s a bit of a load down around the basket but doesn’t have elite size at just 6’7. Still, his expanded range makes him a tough matchup. Missouri is entering the mix a bit late, but Hinson hasn’t gone out of his way to name a leader, releasing a sorta “final 3” of Illinois, Seton Hall and Washington State a while back. He’s had new interest from Ole Miss, Kansas and Missouri, among others.
It would seem he’s still relatively open, and the Tigers entering late might not hurt them. We’ll see if he works out a Mizzou visit, but it’s clear Missouri is planning on the inevitability of filling the scholarship voids left by Michael Jr. and Jontay.
It would certainly be a good get if it worked out.
2020 blue-chipper Josh Christopher is dynamite. And he has a Mizzou tie.
After averaging 14.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game as a freshman at Mayfair High, Christopher took his game to another level last season. He averaged 25.9 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game in leading his team to a 21-8 record. [...]
The 6-foot-4 two-guard said he thinks of the world of Nicodemus. He believes Martin’s success at California and Missouri is partly a reflection of Nicodemus’ work with athletes.
“That’s my guy,” Christopher said of Nicodemus. “I love that guy. I can call him and talk about anything. At the end of the day, whether I pick Mizzou or not, that’s still family.”
Torrence Watson won another award.
So did Courtney Ramey ... who’s visiting Louisville soon.
Yesterday at Rock M
- Lots of former Tigers were upstairs in the box at the Black & Gold Game.
- Josh Augusta says hi.
Mizzou Baseball has played 14 games vs. the RPI top-25, fifth-most nationally.— Shawn Davis (@ShawnDizzle77) April 23, 2018
Mizzou is 7-7 in those games and the seven wins vs. RPI top-25 teams are the second-most nationally, trailing only Florida.
Mizzou also has the 10th-most wins against RPI-top 50 teams with nine.
- Missouri State isn’t in the RPI top 25, but tonight’s home game against the Bears (6:30 p.m. CT on SEC+) certainly offers another résumé burnishing opportunity for Mizzou. (Mizzou’s current RPI: 31st, dragged down by the fact that the Tigers have barely played any games against teams in the middle — 9-8 against “Group 1” teams, 14-1 against Group 4, and only 4-4 against Groups 2-3.)
- It’s still a little while until the NCAA field is set, but Mizzou Women’s Golf is right on the tourney bubble.