New Mizzou Hoops targets and the Missourian is doing something really cool
The Columbia Missourian, home to many aspiring sports journalists during their college years, started this really awesome series called First Pitches, in which they asked various well-known writers to recount one of their favorite memories while working the Mizzou beat.
Here are their stories (duh-duh-duh... obvious Law & Order theme here)
- Ben Frederickson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch titled his memory, “The English Lesson,” and covered— you guessed it— Kim English, and a difficult interview he once had with him that they still discuss to this day.
- Joan Niesen, formerly of SI, now freelancer (side note— Joan is amazing and SI is stupid for laying her off), titled her memory, “Oct. 23, 2010, the college game day that started it all” and was about how she started to really love sports journalism after doing a walk-around assignment for the paper.
I hope you will check out each of these stories and continue to support the college kids working for the Missourian, since as we’ve all seen, a bunch of these writers end up making it big. Personally, I can’t wait to see who’s up next!
Pivoting to some Mizzou Hoops transfer targets...
Here’s a look around the Twitterverse at who is on Mizzou’s radar now that they’ve missed out on Josh Christopher and Justin Turner, and oh— that dude that they didn’t even actually have an offer.
First up, Freshno State freshman guard, Jarred Hyder.
Fresno State transfer Jarred Hyder went into the portal yesterday. The talented freshman guard has already heard from Cal, Washington St, Oregon St, Creighton, Missouri, TCU, Saint Mary’s, BYU, DePaul and Santa Clara. Really liked him when I saw him play against San Diego St.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) April 15, 2020
His name should already sound familiar, but David DeJulius, Michigan transfer, has pushed back his commitment date a bit, and our very own basketball savant, Matthew J Harris, thinks this only helps Mizzou’s chances.
I tend to think it allows Martin more time to build a relationship and stress the opportunity in Columbia. A place like Marquette offers a built-in tie: his former HS teammate.— Matt Harris (@MattJHarris85) April 14, 2020
And finally, Brian Snow of 247Sports did a breakdown of the best remaining transfers available. We should probably become familiar with some of these names. Matt Harris has some thoughts on some of them as well.
On to the links!
Yesterday at Rock M
- Nate the Great wrote a draft profile on Jordan Elliott.
- The basketball staffers are into the freshman player reviews— first up, Kobe Brown.
- Matt Harris published the news everybody was expecting, that Josh Christopher picked his chosen school and it wasn’t Missouri.
- COMING UP!!! Later today, Coach Bussen’s Film Room makes its triumphant review with Part 3 on Shawn Robinson. Also, there’s a new Dive Cuts coming. And the next round of the MTL Draft. #HOTCONTENT
- PowerMizzou (free): Mitchell Forde wrote about new coach Casey Woods, who is drawing on unique experiences to face new challenges. It’s a really interesting story, and I suggest reading it! Also, Gabe and Mitchell’s new ZOUMCast featured L’Damian Washington (it was filmed before the XFL cancelation). Watch the video!
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Matter continued his Best of Mizzou countdown with #11, J-Mac!!! Also new at STL Today, Ben Fred interviewed Matter about his Best of Mizzou series for episode 79 of their Eye on the Tigers Podcast. Check it out!
- PowerMizzou/Rivals ($$): Sean Williams looked at 2021 dual-threat QB, Donaven McCulley, who has Mizzou is in his top 5.
- The Athletic ($$): Peter Baugh put together a Missouri Football Fan survey. If you’re a subscriber, please consider taking it. Or better yet, sign up for that free 90-day trial!!!
- Apparently, Albert O is a name to keep an eye on in regards to a certain Team Who Shall Not Be Named up in the northeast, according to CDT reporter Eli Lederman, who passed it along.
Former Missouri tight end and NFL hopeful – along with his mouthful of a last name – is catching on in the northeast. https://t.co/Wd8AaZM00w— Eli Lederman (@ByEliLederman) April 14, 2020
- In the Mizzou memory bank, they revisited a play in the Mizzou-Georgia game. Enjoy!
- Evan Boehm is headed to Buffalo, and will join quite the Mizzou crew there— EJ Gaines and Mitch Morse!
So pumped for this next coming season! Heading to Buffalo to be apart of a great team and great organization! Can’t wait to get to up there and get to work @buffalobills #billsmafia https://t.co/wGV1ByopRf— Evan Boehm (@BIGboehmTHEORY) April 14, 2020
- KC Star: Souichi decided to move past the recent recruiting misses and focus on the current roster and its needs.
- Zoom with Zo is back!! In episode 2, Zo is back with Keyon Dooling! Full version here (18 minutes) on You Tube.
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Dave recapped the not-so-great news of Mizzou targets heading elsewhere.
- Columbia Missourian: Adam Reckamp covered the Josh Christopher & Justin Turner news as well.
- The Athletic ($$): Not to rub salt in the wound, but Doug Haller detailed Josh Christopher’s decision, and how he kept everyone guessing until the end. Interesting story, and I wish NOTHING but the best for that kid.
- On this day (Tuesday) in 2014, Bri Kulas was selected by the San Antonio Stars.
Assorted Mizzou Sports News
- Coverage regarding salary cuts in Mizzou’s athletic department: Dave Matter (St. Louis Post-Dispatch). Gabe DeArmond (PowerMizzou).
- Mizzou Tennis has named an interim head tennis coach, one of their current assistants, Chris Wootton, according to the Missourian’s Liam Quinn. More info also on MUTigers.com.
- A few days late to mention it, but Columbia Missourian writer Emma Maloney interviewed sophomore baseball player, Josh Holt, Jr.
- Speaking of baseball, here’s a great memory of a beatdown of kU.
#Mizzou’s 2️⃣1️⃣6️⃣ all-time wins vs. Kansas are its most against any opponent in program history— Mizzou Baseball (@MizzouBaseball) April 14, 2020
Last Meeting: May 26, 2012
The Tigers defeated the Jayhawks, 12-2, en route to the 2012 Big 12 Tournament crown❗️#C2E ⚾️ pic.twitter.com/eROmC9zb1F
- The softball team has made it to the Elite 8 of the Memorable Moment Madness World Series. Vote for Mizzou!
The 2020 Memorable Moment Madness World Series is finally here this week! The 8 most memorable moments from the '20 college season as voted on by the fans.— D1Softball (@D1Softball) April 13, 2020
Voting will open tomorrow (4/14) for the entire bracket. Check back tomorrow at 12 & on https://t.co/zWrdSTTMnn to vote! pic.twitter.com/whyY2kaFJn
- More with the softball team! They are counting down their 10 best memories of the shortened season! At No. 9 is their Wichita State walk-off win! More info on MUTigers.com.
- TWELVE Swimming & Diving Tigers earned All-SEC honors. Congrats, all! (more info on MUTigers.com)
- Another day, another 2020 gymnastics highlight, this one featuring otherworldly freshman, Helen Hu.
Interesting/Non-specific Sports News
These are a few of the best stories & tidbits I found regarding some goings-on in sports and beyond that I enjoyed.
- Chris Martucci of the Missourian wrote a really cool piece about how Columbia Swim Club is conducting virtual workouts wither their team while they can’t practice.
- In absolutely heartwarming news, check this out.
A 94-year old was celebrating her birthday.— Muhammad Lila (@MuhammadLila) April 14, 2020
She was all alone, sitting in the garden of her retirement home, and couldn't take any visitors.
When a nearby public utility worker found out, he walked over to the fence.
Then he serenaded her with this.
( @Goodable) pic.twitter.com/nU3LXXONOi
- Another reminder that The Ringer (a great website) will be featuring the awesome Jemele Hill and Van Lathan in a new podcast about HBO’s amazing show, The Wire. Get prepared. It starts April 15.
- In more Ringer news (yeah, still a great website), Matt James, their brilliant graphic designer, shared some of his work on the Twitter. LOVE IT.
It's been three years for me at @ringer. 3,171 images for the site.— ᴍᴀᴛᴛ ᴊᴀᴍᴇs (@_Matt_James_) April 13, 2020
And I still love this job. Every day.
Gathering these images from the past year and sifting through memories really emphasized two things I already knew:
I really miss my coworkers. And I'm really lucky. pic.twitter.com/vPa616QWLL
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