Hoops Talk With Sean Durugordon
I just love it when there’s basketball to talk about during football season, don’t you?
Mason Arneson of The Maneater wrote a great story about new (not THE newest though) commit, Sean Durugordon, and I highly suggest you check it out. It contains A LOT of great information, so here’s just a few highlights:
From Mike Yagmin, recruiting analyst for The Hoops Hustle, on how to describe Mizzou’s newest commit:
“He’s a fighter. Sean doesn’t have to go too far to look for motivation. He’s got a lot of stuff to use for that between wanting to prove something for his family and to the local community. He’s got a chip on his shoulder whenever he steps on the court.”
According to the article, the versatile 6-foot-7 wing has a 7-foot wingspan, and hopes to use his lengthy reach, two-way prowess and chip on his shoulder to develop into an NBA-caliber player while at Missouri. Knowing Cuonzo not only played professionally, but also coached current athletes playing in the NBA was a big deal to him.
On trusting the coaching staff at Missouri and how that was perhaps the most important thing to him, Durugordon said:
“I feel like you always gotta believe they’re gonna do right by you... If there’s no trust, there’s really no anything. I feel like playing at a high level like that, and ultimately reaching the high goal of the NBA, I have to play under someone who I trust with my future.”
Because of the nature of the schools he’s attended— Canterbury School and (this year) Putnam Science Academy — both of which are private boarding schools, he should be ready for regimented life on Mizzou’s campus. How will Putnam and his early commitment to Mizzou prepare him for high-level basketball and the SEC? Well, Putnam’s team will feature 13 players bound for D-I schools and is a high level prep program, according to his coach, Tom Espinosa, so he will need some time to adjust, but “this is as close as you can get to playing college basketball.”
Want more information on Sean? Read the article, because it’s really in-depth and really great and I left out a lot!
And in case you missed it, Mizzou picked up another 2021 Hoops commit on Tuesday evening— Springfield Kickapoo’s Trevon Brazile. Check out Matt’s story on his commitment and skillset if you haven’t already. He included numerous tweets in his story, but missed the MOST important one... Zo sipping coffee.
Always remember, coffee is for closers.
On to the links!
Yesterday at Rock M
- Welcome, Trevon! Matthew J Harris covered the (surprise!) commitment of Trevon Brazile, who committed just a few hours after announcing his offer on Twitter.
- Jacob recapped the newest MIZ-ZOOM.
- Aaron wrote about the need for the older guys to step it up.
- COMING UP AT ROCK M: loads of more hot football content, particularly focused on the D-Line.
- IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: I attended the athlete march a week ago Wednesday, and wrote enough words about it that you will think you were there!
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Dave wrote that the shortage of Mizzou players making current NFL rosters reflects their struggles in the SEC, as well as an update from the MIZ-ZOOM call.
- Columbia Tribune: Eric Blum wrote about the offensive progression in the his Mizzou Notebook.
- KC Star: Souichi wrote about what (little) we know about Mizzou’s tightly contested quarterback battle, and about how recent COVD tests are impacting the Tigers’ practices.
- Rivals.com ($$): Josh Helmholdt wrote about 2022 recruit Tyson Ford.
- PowerMizzou (free): Gabe posted a video of Coach Drink’s Zoom call Tuesday.
- From Max Baker at The Missourian:
Mizzou is holding football tickets for students and they will be available on a single-game basis, a spokesperson told the Missourian. An exact number will be determined when the public sale is completed.— Max Baker (@maxbaker_15) September 8, 2020
- Yahoo! Sports: Pete Thamel wrote about the postponement of Louisiana Tech — Baylor after a slew of positive Covid tests, likely caused by Hurricane Laura.
- A couple cool Mizzou Football social media things...
Other Mizzou Sports
- Coverage of Trevon Brazile’s commitment: Mitchell Forde (PowerMizzou). Dave Matter (St. Louis Post-Dispatch). Souichi Terada (KC Star).
- About a week ago, Rivals Recruiting Analyst Eric Bossi wrote about now new Mizzou commit) Trevon Brazile at the Crossroads Elite Invitational.
- Columbia Missourian: Emily Leiker wrote about the release of Cross Country’s new schedule.
Mizzou in the Pros
- Check out the Mizzou rookies making rosters in the NFL!
- Looking good, JC!
These are some of the best sports stories & other reading material I recommend— Enjoy!
- Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated wrote about how George Hill and the Bucks’ season is over, but not before they made history.
- Lonnae O’Neil of The Undefeated wrote that Coronavirus is making the return to school a tough test for Black families.
- Washington Post columnist Sally Jenkins wrote about how colleges should consider offering “sports” as a major and how it could solve some problems.
- Joe Posnanski wrote a great FREE story for The Athletic about how Lou Brock’s fearlessness and joy made him a Cardinals legend.
- Tough break for Drew Lock’s self-proclaimed biggest fan, Von MIller. Get well soon, Von!
Von Miller’s MRI is over, and the results indicated a season-ending tendon injury. That’s what the initial fear was. He has an appointment with respected foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay on Thursday for a second opinion. https://t.co/y1SWeFaJee— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 9, 2020
- Sounds like the Cardinals’ Carlos Martinez struggled mightily with COVID.
#stlcards starter Carlos Martinez discloses that while he was battling coronavirus, he went to the hospital "three or four times" for treatment, that he dealt with a variety of symptoms, and that it took 20 or more days for him to feel healthy again.— Derrick S. Goold (@dgoold) September 8, 2020
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