It feels like we’re all just waiting for a decision or at least some movement from Courtney Ramey, in the meantime recruiting other players doesn't stop, because you do have 13 full scholarships to fill.
Matt will have plenty on the potential transfer additions tomorrow, but there’s a whole host of players in the 2019 class we’ve got to make sense of and refresh on so let’s give it a shot.
Congratulations our Class of 2019 - 6’8 (PG) Antavion “Dude” Collum on being offered by The University of Missouri. We want to thank Coach Cuonzo Martin for making a Sunday trip down to Memphis, TN #TennesseePrep #TPA @AntavionCollum @coachrayford @HoopReview @usatodayhss #WhyNot pic.twitter.com/cmFJo3Ddi3— Tenn Prep Academy (@tennprepacademy) April 8, 2018
Antavion Collum is listed here as a point guard which isn’t quite accurate. On 247sports Collum is listed as a small forward (and you all know how much I hate the traditional positions) which isn’t quite accurate either. Collum is something of a ball handling combo forward-wing. For his prep school he is the primary ball handler, he has the size to play inside but tends to spend all of his time on the perimeter. He’s good with the ball and has a natural feel for the game but in the game film I watched he doesn’t always play with a high motor.
Obviously this is something which isn’t a big concern as Cuonzo tends to get his guys playing hard. But Collum is an interesting prospect. He’s currently listed at 215 lbs, but his body looks like it could easily carry another 15-20 lbs, which puts him in a position where athletically he could play four of the five positions on the floor.
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So how does Collum fit into 2019?
PG: The point guard position could be de-emphasized in the class if Courtney Ramey ends up in black and gold. But the Tiger still have three offers out to point guards in the class. The interest between Mizzou and D.J. Carton and Rocket Watts seems to be trending away just a bit. That could be Ramey related, but there is still some mild interest in Yuri Collins.
CG: Mario McKinney is the top target here and still a possibility to commit sooner than later, but a summer commitment is most likely. Harlond Beverly is an elite prospect out of Michigan, who seems destined to end up staying there. Josh Nickelberry and Mercedus Leech are being tracked, but I’d expect Mizzou to only end up with one combo guard.
WING: Some bad news came out for Zach Harvey, who seemed like a long shot for Mizzou anyway. But Mizzou is keeping a very close eye on Terrence Hargrove, who is playing for the Bradley Beal Elite this summer. He’s been to campus and is close with Jeremiah Tilmon. Frankly, it would be an upset if Hargrove didn’t end up at Mizzou. There could be room for a couple wings and the other name to watch is Isaiah Mosley from Rock Bridge High School.
CF: Because of Collum’s potential and versatility, I’d slate him into a combo forward spot. The top priority here would be E.J. Liddell, the 4-star prospect from Belleville. Cuonzo has been as all over Liddell as you’re allowed to be by NCAA rules. Also in this spot is Malik Hall, from Sunrise Christian, and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, the 5-star prospect from Kansas. This is an extremely versatile group which is what makes it so interesting. Liddell is probably the most static of these players right now as a face-up four, Hall can play two through four, and Collum can even be a primary ball handler.
POST: Mizzou has been noticeably absent in their pursuit of any 2019 bigs. Robinson-Earl could be considered a post with his size. The only real name here offer wise is Francis Okoro, a 4-star post from Normal, IL and playing for the BBE. The twist here is Okoro is a potential reclassifier. I’ve been told by a few people Okoro already doesn’t plan on returning to his Normal high school and will either reclassify or enroll in a prep school next season. Mizzou is trailing but amongst the favorites which include Oregon, and the two likely favorites Purdue and Illinois. At this point, I’ll say the more likely Okoro reclassifies (and those odds are going up) the less likely he is to land at Mizzou. So the Tigers will likely be watching several bigs this summer.
Projecting right now is tough because we don’t know who Mizzou is going to be taking in their final three scholarships. They could have six scholarships to dole out but more likely they’ll have three to four. With the 2018 class, I think Mizzou takes one grad transfer and two others. Which puts them at four graduating seniors next year.
If they’ve got four spots, look heavily at the Wing and Combo Forward positions. The ideal class to me would look like:
- E.J. Liddell
- Mario McKinney
- Terrence Hargrove
- Malik Hall
This can always fluctuate, but it would seem to check all the boxes for what they’d be replacing.
Be on the lookout tomorrow for more on the transfers and grad transfers from Matt. But as the spring and summer AAU periods get geared up we at least have the table set for who to watch, and we’ll keep an eye out for new targets as well.