The 2021 class already has one member, but some key targets are getting in front of scouts again
Even if Cuonzo Martin and his staff aren’t able to get out and see players, it’s good for the athletes to be able to get up and down the floor. It’ll help the scouting sites be able to determine how improved everyone is and accurately rank players again.
Have watched three games of Tamar Bates this weekend...has really taken the next step with things. Stronger, longer and an underrated passer. Southpaw with a fluid three-level scoring game with his game headed in the right direction.https://t.co/purB6js02Z— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) July 19, 2020
One guy to keep an eye on with the rankings is Bates; he’s probably the top target left at guard and has a chance to bump further up the rankings with some improved play. And why he’s the top target at guard is because there are several of Mizzou’s guard targets who aren’t quite panning out.
5-star Ohio Native Malaki Branham is announcing his decision on Wednesday:
I will be announcing my college decision on Wednesday at 2:22pm— Malaki Branham (@MalakiBranham) July 20, 2020
Branham obviously isn’t likely to pick the Tigers, smart money seems to have him choosing between Xavier, Ohio State or Louisville. Matt provided the breakdown of what might be left (outside of Tamar Bates):
Once Branham makes his decision official, this is the list of uncommitted 2020 prospects holding #Mizzou offers. pic.twitter.com/LVSSOBrB2N— Matt Harris (@MattJHarris85) July 20, 2020
Of course the list is for 2021, but the prospects are the same. Meanwhile Martin and his staff have gotten started on the 2023 class with a Chicago-area point guard Jeremy Fears:
Blessed to receive an offer from Sec @CuonzoMartin and @MizzouHoops #mizzo @michaelsobrien @scottybscout @chilandprephoop @VerbalCommits @ebosshoops @247Sports pic.twitter.com/8gvYFxCfMb— Jeremy Fears jr. The Floor General (@jeremy_fears) July 19, 2020
2023 feels like it should be a long way off.
This Weekend at Rock M
- We welcomed Aaron Dryden to the team with his first post on in-state recruiting.
- Josh took a look at the pros and cons of a delayed start to the football season.
- PowerMizzou had a profile of 2022 Lee’s Summit TE Max Whisner:
#Mizzou was among a handful of P5 schools to offer Lee's Summit (Mo.) 2022 ATH @maxwhisner01 this past week— Sean Williams (@SeanW_Rivals) July 19, 2020
The fast-rising junior talks about his interest in the Tigers, familiarity with the program, and relationship with Drew Lockhttps://t.co/oenLp0YtyY
- Not a lot of other sports news, but Mizzou and its system president Mun Choi found a way to make some news over the weekend... and it wasn’t the best way to make news: Choi criticizes journalists for tweets about Jefferson statue issue, and there was a very interesting follow up written by Ryan Famuliner on Medium.
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