As a former educator and current employee of the UM System’s flagship institution, I am always anxious to see the performance of the school’s student-athletes, and as I have said on this website many times this year, I’m super proud of how much the athletic department is focusing on student-athlete performance on AND off the court.
Just how proud? Let’s illustrate it with Abbott Elementary gifs. Such a good show.
My friends, the days of APR woes appear to be a thing of the past [recoils in horror thinking of nightmare season past], as Desiree Reed-Francois and her staff ain’t playing around with the academics. Even with Transferportalpalooza, issues of not meeting grades combined with poor graduation rates are nary to be found.
Witness. ANOTHER record-breaking scholastic semester for Mizzou Athletics. After breaking the previous record in FS22 with a 3.32 GPA, they’ve done it again in SP23, notching a 3.35 GPA. That is actually incredible, you guys. Per MUTigers.com, it also blows away the previous spring semester record of 3.21 (set in 2021) and is the 13th straight semester — are we counting summer, too? — of a combined 3.0 or higher.
Let’s get into some specifics, shall we?
- 74 student-athletes posted a 4.0 GPA, while 258 had a 3.50+ and 370 had at least a 3.0. The Dean’s List contained 202 student-athletes.
- Baseball had 12 players earn Dean’s List honors and 5 had a perfect 4.0, while Softball had a program-best 3.59 GPA, with 17/25 student-athletes posting at least a 3.50. Impressive.
- WBB had its highest GPA on record in any semester with a 3.53, including 2 perfect 4.0s and 8 with above a 3.50, while MBB had a program-high 3.0 in the spring. Leading the basketball programs with their Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar awards were Mama Dembele with her 3.975 GPA and Kobe Brown, one of 10 national men’s finalists, with his 3.594 cumulative GPA and Academic All-America honors.
- Football had a 3.08 GPA, their second highest in a spring semester. 3 had a perfect 4.0 and 32 earned above a 3.50.
I’m sorry, I need a minute to process that again. 32 above a 3.50?!?
Back to it.
- Men’s Golf led all men’s sports with a 3.48, which was their second-highest spring GPA ever, while Women’s Golf had a 3.57, their 5th straight semester above 3.50. I don’t know how many people are on the WG roster, but they had 2 perfect 4.0s, and 8 with a 3.5 or higher to go with 5 on the Dean’s List. That seems great!
- Gymnastics had their second highest GPA ever with a 3.55, and 8 (!) had a perfect 4.0 GPA with 17 (!) finishing with a 3.5+. 10 made the Dean’s List. So... that’s basically the entire team (they had 21 total; I counted). Jocelyn Moore, that of perfect 10 fame, was also an honoree for the Arthur Ashe Jr award with her 3.62 GPA.
- Soccer led the whole dang athletic department with a whopping 3.79 GPA. It also beat their previous high of 3.65, set just a semester ago. 11 players posted a perfect 4.0 and 28/34 had a 3.50+. 27 of the 34 also made the Dean’s List (the criteria is determined by each individual college)
- Women’s Swim & Dive tied for the second-highest GPA in the athletic department, posting a 3.71. This was their 8th straight semester above a 3.50. 7 posted a perfect 4.0 with 25/31 nabbing a 3.50+, and 24 earning Dean’s List honors. Katrina Brathwaite was an honoree for the aforementioned Arthur Ashe award, earning a 3.53 GPA and a 4-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
- Tennis was the other half of the tie for the second-highest GPA (3.71) in the athletic department. This was their 9th straight above a 3.50, which is the longest active run by any Mizzou team. 9/10 (that’s 90%) of the team had a 3.50+, and 8 earned Dean’s List honors at their colleges.
- Men’s XC & Track recorded 3.45 and 3.41 GPAs, respectively. 18 XC runners finished with a 3.50+, with 3 earning a perfect 4.0. Track surpassed its previous non-Covid record of 3.27... set in FALL 2011. Yes, you read that right. 6 had a perfect 4.0 and 40/49 had a 3.0+.
- Women’s XC & Track recorded 3.66 and 3.52 GPAs, respectively. 6/11 XC runners earned a 3.50+, while an astonishing 14 (!!) T&F athletes posted a perfect 4.0. 30/48 earned a 3.50+. Arianna Fisher, also a two-time All-American and an Arthur Ashe nominee, has a 4.0 GPA while pursuing her master’s in educational psychology.
- Volleyball posted a 3.21 overall GPA, their 24th straight semester or 3.0+.
- Wrestling had 6 perfect 4.0 GPAs, as well as 28 student-athletes with a 3.0+. Their overall team GPA was 2.98, the only under 3.0 (hit the books, Tiger Style).
On to the Links!
Yesterday at Rock M
- Dan’s back with a new 3x3. This time on the 2024 schedule!
- A new BTBS podcast analyzes the 2024 SEC schedule. The guys were fighting on twitter. Let’s see if it spilled over to make for a spicy pod.
- Nate’s got some BREAKING news: 3-Star Quarterback Aidan Glover commits to Mizzou
- Aidan Glover Commit News: Chris Kwiecinski (Columbia Tribune) | Sean Williams (PowerMizzou) | Dave Matter (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) | Wendell Shepherd, Jr. (Missourian)
- Mizzou Football held a “brotherhood” event at Faurot on Wednesday night with the help of Bud’s BBQ, and invited all the teams in town!
- A NEW Eye on the Tigers Pod is here, and Matter & Ben Fred are discussing the 2024 FB schedule, Mizzou hoops roster, and chat with Kerrick Jackson (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
- You love to see it.
- Unpacking Mizzou 2024 football schedule: 3 observations as the Tigers welcome Oklahoma (Chris Kwiecinksi, Columbia Tribune/KC Star)
- College football strength of schedule rankings for 2023: SEC, Big Ten lead the way (James Parks, SI.com Fan Nation)
- Ten Takeaways From the New-Look 2024 SEC Football Schedule (Pat Forde, Sports Illustrated)
- ESPN: SEC 2024 college football schedule release: Best games and winners and losers
At the end of 2024, Texas and Texas A&M will have played Georgia in the SEC one time each, despite A&M having a 12-year head start.— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) June 14, 2023
NBA Draft Stuff/ Hoops
- How Brown, Hodge might fit in with interested NBA teams (Drew King, PowerMizzou)
- NBA Draft 2023: Could Kobe Brown boost the Cavaliers on the wing? (Evan Damarell, Right Down Euclid)
- The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie released his 144-page behemoth of a Draft Guide, and wow, it is comprehensive. On his big board, which was published June 14, he’s got Mr Brown as the no. 30 overall prospect and D’Moi Hodge as no. 82. Here’s just the summary, though he goes into much greater detail. (If you’re a subscriber, there’s a link and password to download the doc)
INTRO: I’m asked every year if I have favorite prospects compared to consensus, and this year is no different. I would say the guys I’m a bit higher on than teams and evaluators are Henderson, Whitmore, Kobe Bufkin, Leonard Miller, Kobe Brown and Prosper.
SUMMARY: Kobe Brown is one of the guys who really stood out to me in terms of skill the more I watched him. There’s so much more to his game than you’d think when watching a typical 6-foot-7, 250-pound big man. He’s an incredible processor of the game who makes quick decisions, and the shooting-mechanic adjustments he’s made over the last year have clearly worked wonders in terms of turning him into a real potential shooter in the NBA. He’s a smart defender who was active and valuable on that end in the SEC. And there is a real case for long-term upside if he can add a bit of quickness over the next few years. To me, it all comes down to the shooting. If Brown proves he can be a consistent shooter from distance, he might play in the NBA for the next eight to 10 years as a valuable rotation player. Every NBA team is looking for bigger guys with length who can dribble, pass and shoot. Brown can do that. There’s a world where you can see him playing both as a wing four man and a small-ball five given his strength. He is a valuable rotation player as long as he shoots. That bet is worth a late first-rounder; at the latest, an early second-rounder
- Mizzou fans will be able to catch another of our favorite former Tigers, Isiaih Mosley, who has joined the Show Me Squad for TBT 2023! Also, read the story from the Missourian’s Jaden Lewis.
BREAKING: Show Me Squad has signed Isiaih Mosley for TBT 2023!— TBT (@thetournament) June 15, 2023
The high-flying and shifty guard joins his teammate from this year Dree Gholston, as well as former @MizzouHoops players such as Jontay Porter & Jordan Geist! @ShowMeSquadTBT is LOADING UP pic.twitter.com/CdjIdpuzSM
- Love the culture WFMBHCDG is creating
- The Porter Fam at the parade (minus Jontay... where are thou, favorite Porter?)
Michael Porter Jr., NBA Champion pic.twitter.com/kIbIfo0ZiY— Priority Sports (@PrioritySports) June 15, 2023
- Really nice video on the progression of Michael Porter, Jr. from former Mizzou strength & conditioning coach, Nicodemus Christopher. Seems like he’s helping Mike get focused in all things.
Other Mizzou Sports
- New Draft NIL Legislation Includes Athlete Restrictions, Health Care and Booster Collectives (Ross Dellenger, Sports Illustrated)
- In case you missed it: Mizzou posts record-high athletics revenues but still lags behind SEC’s richest programs (Dave Matter, STL Today)
- Assistant soccer coach Andy Stoots is on the prowl
- Coach Shannon is a star
- Mizzou Baseball’s Jackson Beaman is killing it in the Northwoods League
- Brooke Wilmes is kicking off her first pro season. She was such a good PBP announcer, y’all. Multi-talented.
- Alex Honnold is suiting up for the Women’s Fast Pitch Team Camp this week in Florida! Go Al Pal!
Our All-American reppin’ the Red, White, and Blue at this week’s @USASoftballWNT Women's Fast Pitch Camp in Vero Beach, Florida!!— Mizzou Softball (@MizzouSoftball) June 15, 2023
: @USASoftball #OwnIt #MIZ | @alex_honnold22 pic.twitter.com/sT7YIABCDB
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