Tilmon says he will come back, bolstering Mizzou’s front court depth
Sports news as a whole has been exceedingly on the dry side as of late, and that’s especially true of Mizzou Hoops. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. As the saying goes, any news in the offseason is bad news, especially in an era of global pandemics.
However, Mizzou fans have been anxiously awaiting the confirmation that Jeremiah Tilmon, Xavier Pinson and Mitchell Smith will return to the program in 2020-2021. All three put their names in for the coming NBA draft, and there was some concern that, despite what their feedback said about the NBA, Tilmon and Pinson would be likely to start playing pro ball.
However, Jeremiah Tilmon put those rumors to rest (sort of?) in a talk with ABC 17 yesterday.
#Mizzou basketball standout Jeremiah Tilmon tells me he has until August 3 to make his final decision on whether or not to return for his senior season, but it sounds like he's coming back.— Andrew Kauffman (@AndrewABC17) July 6, 2020
"I plan on returning and just finishing strong and getting my degree." pic.twitter.com/LuO1CuwK7J
There doesn’t seem to be a ton of wiggle room for a potential jump to the NBA or even overseas ball. Tilmon coming back for his senior season is obviously a boost to Missouri’s chances of success, as an injury derailed what was looking to be the junior’s best season yet as a Tiger.
We’ll continue to await confirmation from Pinson and Smith, though avid Instagram users will note that Pinson has been less-than-coy about his return to the program on the social media platform.
- Both baseball and softball programs got good news on Monday when they learned their postseason bans would be counted as served in the abbreviated 2020 seasons. Both coaches, who have been vocal about their displeasure of the NCAA’s final ruling, released statements.
Congrats to these two programs, who were unjustly served by the NCAA.
- Dave Matter recapped some of the praise Mizzou commit Tyler Macon earned with his head-turning performance at the recent Elite 11 camp.
- Khmari Thompson, a rising junior wide receiver who dual-sported in track and field, is transferring away from the program after playing a combined three games in two seasons at Mizzou. Best of luck, Khmari!
- It was a full day at PowerMizzou, where subscribers can keep up with an unofficial scholarship chart for football, news on a DL recruit out of Texas and Gabe’s Monday morning thoughts.
- Laurence Bowers isn’t letting COVID-19 stop him from holding his annual basketball camp in Columbia — but it is causing him to put new precautions in place.
Former MU star Laurence Bowers (@LBowers_21) is holding the 6th annual Camp Bowers this week. There are plenty of safety precautions in place, and Bowers says it's been rewarding to see the kids having fun.— Andrew Kauffman (@AndrewABC17) July 6, 2020
"Hopefully, it'll turn out to be one of the best ones we've ever had." pic.twitter.com/wW14xtx3P7
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