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Reed Nikko’s exit interview with CJ Moore of The Athletic

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Well, I guess it’s that time of year for college basketball

exit interviews!

Fortunately, Mizzou basketball only has one of these for this season, as the Tigers should be one of the most experienced teams in the SEC heading into next year. But it’s time to say goodbye to Reed Nikko.

This was a fun read, y’all. ($$) In an exit interview with The Athletic, CJ Moore and the lone senior, BIG ‘SOTA Reed Nikko, touched on a variety of topics, including the expectations for next season’s team, becoming a full-time starter as a senior, his future plans, and much more.

Just going to go through only a couple of notes here, but here’s what Nikko had to say about the momentum Mizzou had down the stretch and how it will carry over to next season:

“Obviously we would have liked to have started SEC play a lot better than we did, but I think we really were poised to make a run in the SEC tournament. I’m sure if you asked any player on any team, they would say the same thing, but I really felt like we were hitting on our stride late. I felt like we were an extremely motivated team, so I think you’ll see that hunger carry over to next season.”

And of course, Nikko has high hopes for Mizzou becoming an NCAA Tournament team next season. The Tigers will look to do so for the second time in four years under Cuonzo Martin:

“They’re right there. Coach Martin talks about it all the time that the SEC is a good example. If you look at the top team and the bottom team, it’s really just little things and details that separate them. Obviously on any night in that league, anyone can beat anyone. And it’s just the little details that separate the top and the bottom, so they’re right there in my opinion. If you asked Coach Martin, he’d probably tell you the same.”

There’s a lot of more information in this exit interview, so check it out and be sure to subscribe, Mizzou fans. Good stuff from CJ Moore and congrats to Reed Nikko on a great college career!

Also, late Wednesday night, World Series Champion and Mizzou Made Max Scherzer released a strong statement on his thoughts from the MLB owners’ proposal to the players association. Here it is:

Yep. This is going to get really interesting (it already has).

That’s all, folks. Onto the links!


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