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Mizzou News for Wednesday, August 4

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Former Mizzou Athletes Impress in Summer League, Camp

It may be the offseason, Tigers fans, but we have no shortage of stories here at Rock M. We have many a talented football writer on the staff to keep you up to date on all things oblong sports ball-related. Hell, we’ll even throw in some Hoops content at times because we care THAT MUCH. But because I get to choose what to write about in the links, let’s check in on some former Mizzou athletes making some waves on the court and field, shall we?

First up…

DRU SMITH GETS START FOR MIAMI HEAT

I blame Dave Matter for me missing half of this game, to be perfectly honest. His tweet earlier in the week, which I had saved to my phone, did NOT mention a game on Tuesday night so I turned on the Olympics and then saw this tweet notification come in, much to my surprise:

The Heat (my new favorite team, at least for the summer), Lakers, Warriors and Kings are currently facing off in the California Classic before they head to Vegas for the remainder of summer league, and Dru earned a start in his professional debut! You really love to see it.

How’d he do? PRETTY WELL, Y’ALL!! In his 28 minutes (3rd highest on the team), he shot 50% from the field on 5-10 shooting (1-3 from behind the arc) and was 0-1 from the charity stripe for 11 points. Dru also had 2 rebounds (3 if you count the one as time expired), 4 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block, to go with 2 turnovers. While ending up with five fouls, at least one of them — no. 5 — was greatly fabricated by a Lakers player, and another was a foul on a 3, which was… not ideal. He’ll shape up; I have immense faith in him.

From the media/cool people point of view:

  • Austin Konenski, head Miami Heat writer for Sportsnaut had some thoughts: (FWIW, I never heard of this site before Tuesday night, but Jemele Hill, who I tremendously respect, follows it, so we’ll say it’s legit)
  • Dru showed up in a tweet from the NBA, you guys!! #famous

Miami had a balanced attack from other parts of the roster. Marcus Garrett, Micah Potter, Dru Smith, DJ Stewart, and Justin Smith all had solid contributions. Garrett showed his defensive abilities. Potter seemed to be able to do a lot with the ball. Dru Smith was real comfortable with the basketball and was a steady presence.

  • And finally, the only point of view that matters: that of RJ Layton, the former voice of Mizzou Hoops Twitter/Mizzou Basketball SID, and the basketball managers:

On tap for the Heat? Tonight at 8pm CST, they face off against the Warriors on ESPN U.

Next up… Nicky B!

NICK BOLTON IS GOOD AT SNATCHIN’ FOOTBALLS

Another day at Chiefs camp, another interception for Nick “The Intercepter” Bolton. I could definitely get used to this.

I must confess, I have no idea who Ben Niemann is, but yeah… TAKE HIS SPOT, BOLT.

From Andy Reid, via former KC Star writer Tod Palmer:

Want more on Mr. Bolton? Check out this piece by Matt Conner at Arrowhead Addict.

Onto the Links! Get em, DRU!


Yesterday at Rock M


More Links:

Football

  • Mizzou as a underrated sleeper team? Along with our soon-to-be SEC compatriot? Alright (alright alright)
  • Mizzou brought in some elite visitors over the weekend, including some who are already verbal commits. The Tigers welcomed Mekhi Miller, Isaac Thompson, and this guy— the top dog:

Hoops

Other Mizzou Sports

  • Soccer has returned, and Coach Golan is reminding you to #TakeTheStairs.

Mizzou volleyball single-match tickets are now on sale for the 2021 season. Single-match tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for youth and seniors, and $3 Mizzou students. The Tigers will play 13 home matches this season, including SEC matchups against South Carolina, Alabama, Ole Miss, Florida, Mississippi State and Tennessee.

Mizzou in the Pros

  • I don’t think I could love this more…
  • Let’s check in on J’den Cox, who should have been in this Olympics (stupid rules)… he’s preparing for camp in Miami!

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