Let’s give Jordan Geist some freakin’ credit
What an end to his career at Missouri. Geist emerged as Missouri’s leader this season and saved his best for last, nearly willing the Tigers into the SEC Tournament quarterfinals by his plan alone.
Geist followed up a career-high 30 points on Wednesday with 25 points in the Tigers’ 10-point loss to Auburn.
Watch: #Mizzou senior Jordan Geist checks out of the game for the final time in a Tiger uniform. He scored 55 points in two games at the SEC Tournament. What a way for him to finish his MU career. pic.twitter.com/LVJ86cWaOd— Andrew Kauffman (@AndrewABC17) March 14, 2019
Geist finishes his senior year with 14.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game, and he averaged 20 points over his final five games.
Missouri will improve next year — it has to — and the guard play of Torrence Watson (20 points on Thursday) and Xavier Pinson is increasing expectations. But maybe one of the best things that happened in their development is learning from Geist this year. Watson and Pinson are more talented than Geist; but Geist showed them (and all of us) how a good college player can evolve, mature and lead a team.
A wild ride of emotions surrounding Markus Golden’s Thursday
First, there was this:
The Chiefs have expressed interest in former #Mizzou star and #Cardinals DE Markus Golden, per a source.— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) March 14, 2019
Golden, a St. Louis native, is a former second-round pick who led Arizona in sacks with 12.5 in 2016. Golden tore his ACL in 2017 and had 2.5 sacks in 11 starts last season.
Hell yeah! Even if you’re not a Chiefs fan, seeing Markus Golden — one of the true all-time great guys to come out of Missouri’s football program — return to his home state would have been a great story.
And then this happened:
Source: AZCardinals pass-rusher Markus Golden is signing a 1-year deal with the #Giants.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 14, 2019
Well, crap. Golden did indeed sign that one-year contract with the New York Giants, whose recent roster moves are a brilliant crossover marketing campaign with Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame.
Here’s hoping Golden has a big year for New York and then gets the hell out of there.
Sheldon Richardson signs with Cleveland; talks about how much he’s matured
Sheldon Richardson made it official with Cleveland Browns, the new cool kids in the NFL. Richardson signed a three-year, $36-million deal with $15 million guaranteed.
And now, Richardson said he’s grown up.
#Browns Sheldon Richardson: "I have a daughter now. I can't be going 150 on the highway anymore.''— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) March 14, 2019
To his credit, Richardson has stayed out of any issues like that since the issues in July of 2015 — a four-game suspension, in addition to his excessive speeding/resisting arrest charges.
Now, Richardson is on one of the (surprising) front-runners in the AFC. I sincerely hope Richardson returns to form for the Browns.
Yesterday at Rock M
- As linked above (and again right here), Sam Snelling provides an excellent post-mortem to Missouri’s 2018-2019 basketball season.
- Missouri bows out to Auburn 81-71 in SEC Tournament
- Who stands to benefit the most from Kelly Bryant’s transfer to Mizzou?
- Missouri makes the top ten for Port Orange (Fla.) three-star linebacker Tyler Berrong.
- Missouri also offered Columbia (Mo.) Rock Bridge linebacker Will Norris
- Oh, in case it wasn’t clear already, Missouri’s basketball season is for real over:
Cuonzo Martin says Missouri will not accept a CBI bid.— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) March 14, 2019
- But now we get an offseason of this: The NCAA is officially investigating both Kansas football and basketball.