Indianapolis EYBL weekend wraps with little clarity for Mizzou
Much of the Mizzou beat had its eyes turned toward Indianapolis this weekend, as the second session of the Nike EYBL circuit passed through town. Our own Matt Harris has been on site for most of the weekend and he’ll have more coverage in the coming weeks.
Home from this weekend’s EYBL session, which was productive. Really glad I got to see Davion Bradford and Scooby Johnson live for the first time. And it was nice to see a guy like Josh Christopher in person for the first time in a year.— Matt Harris (@MattJHarris85) May 12, 2019
Some of the other outlets had a chance to catch up with top Mizzou targets, including the big three of Cam’Ron Fletcher, Caleb Love and Josh Christopher. Unfortunately, we’re probably still too far out from commitment day to get any info of note. All three were either vague or completely quiet about the recruiting process, only mentioning how Missouri wants to use them in Cuonzo Martin’s system.
Fletcher recently started hearing from Kansas and has no clear timetable on when he wants to narrow his list of schools or make a decision. Known more for his ability to play around the rim and rebound, Fletcher showed an improved outside shot over the weekend, which is the next step in his game.
“They want me to come in, not just be the lead point guard but take control of the team,” [Caleb] Love said. “Obviously they had a rough season last season, they just want me to turn the team around. They say, why not do it at home?”
On Sunday, Nicodemus Christopher made the five-hour drive from Columbia to watch his cousin play. While he didn’t meet with reporters, the vibe around the gym was that Arizona State remains the team to beat.
None of this is new information if you’ve had your nose to the ground. All three will be very tough to get for Martin, and the Tigers will likely need a much-improved record next year to lock any of them down.
In addition to Alex Schiffer’s notebook, Mitchell Forde recorded a premium notebook for PowerMizzou, covering more recruits than just the big three. You’ll need to subscribe to get access, but there’s some good information there. You’ll also be able to get access to his coverage from the full weekend.
Of course, you could always wait for Matt’s coverage just down the road. In this writer’s humble opinion, there’s no one better to break down the weekend’s action.
- Larissa Anderson is taking her team to the NCAA Tournament in her first year as head coach — the Tigers will take on Cal State Fullerton on Friday in the opening of their regional. UCLA, the tournament’s No. 2 seed, will host.
- Mizzou couldn’t get a series win against Vanderbilt, losing 7-2 to in the rubber match on Sunday. Taking one of three at Vandy is quite a feat in and of itself, though.
- Much of PowerMizzou’s weekend content was dedicated to the EYBL, but Sean Williams did his regular Sunday breakdown of the top targets at a different football position. This week: defensive line.
- SOPHIE UPDATE: Cunningham scored 10 points in her preseason debut on Saturday night, adding three steals, two rebounds and two assists. Not a bad start for the hometown hero!
- Michael Porter, Jr. didn’t get to play in his first NBA season, and his team is now officially out of the playoffs. But that didn’t stop local writers from getting on his case for some bench antics!
- Trey Harris off to a torrid start to the Class A baseball season, slashing .378/.464/.597 in 35 games. He talked to the Rome News Tribune about his approach in his second professional year.