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Missouri caps off a solid 2019 signing class — but real return won’t be known for years

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

Missouri signed the nation’s 34th-ranked class on Wednesday.

Missouri added the commitments and signatures of two final players on Wednesday — three-star JUCO transfer DE Sci Martin and two-star Dallas (Texas) DE Z’core (Zuh-COR-ee) Brooks — and that solidified the nation’s 34th-ranked class, per Rivals.

The class was ranked 32nd at one point on Wednesday before some late signings dropped it down two spots.

It’s Missouri’s highest-rated class since 2015, and continues a three-year trend under Barry Odom in which each signing class has consistently improved its rankings.

Excuse me for stating the obvious, but we’ll have to wait and see if the improved ranking coincides with improved play on the field. Sure, that 2015 class might have been ranked 27th nationally — the second-highest ranking under Gary Pinkel — but four of the six four-star players who signed with Missouri either transferred or were dismissed before using their eligibility.

That 2010 class? It was the backbone of two SEC East Championship teams. The reason? Those players stayed and contributed. Not all lived up to their rankings, but they stayed and added depth at key positions.

Here’s to hoping this 2019 class is more 2010 than 2015.

Derrick Chievous will get his jersey retired.

Somehow, Missouri’s all-time leading scorer didn’t have his jersey retired. That changes on Feb. 19, when Derrick Chievous’ No. 3 jersey will get retired ahead of the Kentucky game.

From the release on

Chievous won 82 games under Coach Stewart over four seasons from 1984-1987. He finished his career as Mizzou’s all-time leading scorer with 2,580 points, a feat that still stands today. A two-time First Team All-Big 8 honoree and 1987 All-American, Chievous remains Mizzou’s record holder for career points, single-season points (821), career scoring average (19.9 PPG), career free throws made (784) and single-season free throws made (244).

Chievous’ decorated career was highlighted by a 1987 Big 8 Championship, leading Mizzou to a 24-10 overall record and 11-3 mark in league play. As team captain, Chievous averaged 24.1 points per game, the third-highest scoring average in a single campaign in Mizzou history. His All-American season steered the Tigers to a Big 8 Tournament title in addition to the regular season championship.

About time.

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