Summer basketball media availability = summer basketball articles!
While the highly touted freshman class revived the fan base, Martin’s coaches quietly raved about Geist’s work behind the scenes. The junior earned Martin’s trust as his point guard — and that hasn’t changed a year later.
“He’s a guy who can get us six assists in a game,” Martin said recently.
This summer, as Geist returns as MU’s most experienced guard — fellow senior Cullen VanLeer is recovering from major knee surgery — Martin has challenged him to become a conductor on the floor, a sound playmaker who can channel all the fury that fuels his defense into more focus and precision on the offensive end.
He put on 20 pounds of muscle and now weighs 220. He can do 10 reps of 185 pounds on the bench press.
Smith was recruited as a traditional center, but when he returned to practice, Martin wanted to try him out on the wing and defend guards, something Smith never did in high school.
“I embraced it,” Smith said. “As a big guy you watch guards in the NBA and you think that stuff’s cool. So getting to be put out there and guard guys like that, and switch around on offense, you enjoy that.”
Oh yeah, and the end of the 2018 NBA draft means ... 2019 NBA draft projections!!
Porter reclassified, entered Missouri a year earlier than expected and averaged 9.9 points and 6.8 rebounds in 24.5 minutes per game as a freshman. The 6-11 forward took 3.3 3-pointers per contest and made 36.4 percent of them.
It really would be a trip if Jontay ends up going higher than his brother did.
Based on this video, we might know all of #Mizzou's number assignments for 2018-19.— Matt Harris (@MattJHarris85) June 26, 2018
5: Mi. Smith
12: D. Smith
13: Ma. Smith
42: Braun https://t.co/OWA6bVqt5i
Yesterday at Rock M
- Another Mizzou Softball player has decided to finish her career elsewhere rather than risk being part of a rebuild. This time, it’s probably my favorite player on the team: Amanda Sanchez. (That might be ensuring that a rebuild is on the way.)
So, to recap the Mizzou softball offseason, these are the players transferring:— Josh Kurelac (@JoshKRCG13) June 25, 2018
Here’s a look at last year’s stats. pic.twitter.com/lyLWFKELjd
- Oklahoma receiver prospect Jamie Nance keeps finding reasons to come back up to Columbia.
- Mizzou Women’s Hoops target Aijha Blackwell is putting together quite the résumé with USA Basketball.
- Finally, almost 11 years ago I started this site with Ross Taylor, a.k.a. RPT. Now you can call him Clemson Assistant AD for Football Communications.