MoKan — with several Mizzou targets — head to Peach Jam finals
The Nike EYBL Peach Jam (for the unaware) is consistency one of the most hyped summer tournaments on the summer prep basketball circuit. With likely the biggest shoe brand getting many of the nation’s best basketball recruits all together in the same place, it’s a hive of activity for recruiting nerds.
Since Cuonzo Martin’s arrival, Mizzou’s presence at events like the Peach Jam has actually meant something, and Martin’s staff has been all over the place this weekend.
Florida St., Kentucky, Louisville, Oregon, SMU, Oklahoma St, LSU, Texas St., North Carolina, Texas, Michigan, Illinois, Georgetown, Maryland, Kansas St, Auburn, UCLA, Northwestern, NC St, Missouri, UGA for @MokanBasketball vs @HoustonHoops17U pic.twitter.com/IkAWPYATnY— Andrew Slater (@Andrew__Slater) July 14, 2019
With targets like Ryan Kalkbrenner, Josh Christopher and others all in the same place, it’s as good a place as any to remind kids you’re there to support them at their most important games... and get another look or two at them while you can.
After a weekend of basketball, though, someone has to go home with a trophy. It just so happens that this year’s champion could be a team with lots of Mizzou connections
MOKAN Elite will advance to tomorrow’s Peach Jam Championship game @MOKANBasketball— D1 Circuit (@D1Circuit) July 14, 2019
MoKan Elite is stacked with Mizzou targets, including Davion Bradford, Luke Kasubke, Kennedy Chandler and the likely soon-to-be-offered Dajuan Harris. And don’t look now... but Coban Porter shot 5-8 from distance in yesterday’s semifinal matchup.
MoKan takes on Team WhyNot this afternoon for all the marbles. More likely than not, Mizzou will have some representatives on the sideline.
Get up, Kassius!
It’s been a tough few weeks for Kassius Robertson in the NBA Summer League. Saturday night wasn’t much different — the former Mizzou sharp-shooter only scored 4 points on two of five shooting.
However, Kash did make some noise in another way.
✈️ KASSIUS ROBERTSON TAKES FLIGHT! ✈️#NBASummer pic.twitter.com/xCBcxY6faO— NBA (@NBA) July 13, 2019
Does anyone remember him doing anything like that in Columbia? Anyone? Bueller?
Big day for #MizzouMade baseball
The MLB is back in full swing after this week’s All Star break, meaning the trades are starting to heat up ahead of the deadline. With lots of young prospects on the move and rosters shuffling around, a few Mizzou alumni got tossed around the minor league landscape.
#Rays are trading INF Nick Solak to #Rangers for RHP Peter Fairbanks. Fairbanks goes to AAA @DurhamBulls for now.— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) July 13, 2019
Fairbanks had a cup of coffee with the Rangers earlier this year, but had his ERA balloon to above 9 in only 8.2 innings. He’ll get a chance to prove himself with the Rays, who cycle through more bullpen pitchers in a season than they can get fans in the stands on a Saturday night.
Also of note:
Red Sox's Tanner Houck promoted to Pawtucket. He'll pitch out of the bullpen in the short-term.— Christopher Smith (@SmittyOnMLB) July 13, 2019
Pawtucket is Boston’s AAA team which is... kind of an odd move? It makes some sense if the Sox think Houck can be of help in this year’s bullpen, but I’m not sure what having him throw in AAA is going to do. The competition there isn’t miles better than in AA (sometimes it’s actually worse), and if you’re planning on promoting him, why tip your hand to opposing scouts to key in on him for the coming months?
Either way, it’s a good thing for Tanner Houck, who is now one step closer to realizing his major league dreams just a few years separated from his status as a first-round pick. Congrats, Tanner!