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McDonald’s All American Nominations Announced, Future Tigers Well Represented

Mizzou News for Friday, February 19

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It’s an honor just to be nominated...

The nominees were announced for the 2021 McDonald’s All-American class, and several future Tigers found themselves on the list.

While the actual game will not be played for the second year in a row (stupid Covid), athletes can still move up the list and be put on the (virtual) 24-person team based on their play this season. Even if they don’t make the final list, each athlete can still say they were a nominee, which is pretty cool.

On the men’s side, Springfield Kickapoo’s Anton Brookshire (no. 91 national rank), who will be donning a Tiger uniform next year, made the nomination list for the Midwest region. He was one of two Missouri area athletes to be listed. According to the Missourian’s Joel Lorenzi, Brookshire averaged 20.5 points, four rebounds and 3.5 assists his junior year, and became Kickapoo’s all-time leading scorer in January.

On the women’s side, three of Robin Pingeton’s signees made the list: Arizona’s Kiya Dorroh (no. 8 wing, no. 47 overall per ESPNW), Arkansas’ Izzy Higginbottom (no. 20 point guard per ESPNW, no. 97 overall) and Jeff City’s Sarah Linthacum (no. 3 overall in Missouri).

FUN FACT: Drew Buggs’ sister, Lily, was also nominated (for the West region); she signed with Cal State.

The future is bright for the Tigers, y’all. The last male McDonald’s All American nominees were Michael Porter, Jr. and current Tiger, Torrence Watson. Perhaps you have heard of them. Jayla Kelly, currently a freshman on the women’s team, was selected last year.

On to the Links! I’ve got A LOT of swimming news today :)

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Swimming & Diving News

  • The SEC Championships continue (diving at Mizzou Rec and women’s swimming in Athens, GA), and two women found themselves sliding into the Top Ten All-Time performances in the 50 freestyle. Congrats to Amy Federsen (no. 7) and Alex Moderski (no. 9)!
  • The 200 Freestyle Relay (each swimmer swims a 50 free, for you swim newbies out there), took second place in school record time. Not surprising they did this well, considering the Tigers had five (!) girls make it back to finals in the event.

Other Mizzou Sports

  • No. 25 gymnastics takes on No. 4 Arkansas at 7pm this evening. The meet will be called by former gymnasts, Alicia Sacramone Quinn and John Rothleisberger on the SEC Network. According to, Mizzou tallied a season-best 49.250 on beam against Auburn, easily besting the previous high of 48.825. Good luck, ladies!

SIDE NOTE: I had been wondering why I hadn’t seen Helen Hu’s name pop up this season after such an amazing season last year. Turns out, she is out this season with a major injury. Here’s the twitter post from December. Wishing her a speedy recovery!

  • Rock M’s Sammy Stava laid out where baseball’s opponents appear in this early iteration of the field of 64. Thanks for the work, Sammy!
  • Mizzou Wrestling is holding steady in the coaches poll.

Mizzou in the NBA

If everything comes together, he’s an All-NBA-caliber forward who rounds out the best trio in the Western Conference (and possibly the league, pending what happens in Brooklyn). If not he tops out as what the most optimistic Lakers fans see whenever they look at Kyle Kuzma.

  • This is kinda cool. Mike received votes for the All-Star game!
  • Additionally, Mike Singer captured this quote from MPJ after Wednesday night’s game, in regards to convos with his dad:


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