JaKeenan Gant to Mizzou

Missouri picked up a commitment Sunday from 6-foot-8, 199-pound forward JaKeenan Gant of Springfield (Ga.) Effingham County.

“It was a nice fit, it felt like home,” Gant told SNY.tv by phone after taking an official visit to the campus.

Gant is ranked No. 37 overall by ESPN and No. 7 at his position.

“I’ll be playing the three,” he said.

He said he also considered Georgia, Miami, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Florida State and Louisville.

Gant joins small forward Chris Sandifer of Gardena (CA) Junipero Serra in Mizzou’s 2014 class.

The news was previously reported by ESPN.com.

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Pressey Looking to Prove Himself as NBA Draft Looms

By JOSH NEWMAN
Special to ZAGSBLOG

South Carolina State v MissouriEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Whatever the preconceived notions of what an NBA point guard should be, 5-foot-11, 175-pound Phil Pressey doesn’t believe he is fighting those as he makes his way through the NBA Draft process this spring.

“I’ve played against bigger point guards, I really don’t see them as being more athletic than me, just taller,” the Dallas native and University of Missouri product told SNY.tv after his session at the Nets Draft Combine on Wednesday morning at PNY Center. “When it comes to athleticism, I match up with the best of them. If a guy is a couple inches taller than me, I don’t feel like that affects me at all. I feel like what I do is a lot better than what they do.”

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Former Rutgers Commit Shane Rector to Mizzou

Former Rutgers commit Shane Rector didn’t need more than one visit to pick his next destination.

The 6-foot-1, 176-pound point guard from South Kent (Conn.) verbally pledged to Missouri on Saturday.

“Yeah, I did,” he told SNY.tv by phone. “I felt like it was a good fit for me. The coaches, they explained well how I would fit in and be able to contribute to the team right away.

“I felt like they had a good team. I felt like it was a good fit for me.”

Butler, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech, Seton Hall and Western Kentucky also expressed interest in Rector recently.

The news was first reported by Scout.com. To read more of this story, click here

Phil Pressey to the NBA Draft

Missouri junior point guard Phil Pressey is the latest underclassmen to announce for the NBA Draft.

Pressey will reportedly hire CAA to represent him, closing the door on a return to campus.

Pressey, who averaged 11.9 points, 7.1 assists and 3.5 turnovers this past season, is projected as a mid-second round pick by DraftExpress.com.

“Second round,” one veteran NBA scout told SNY.tv. “He will change the tempo off the bench. He’s fearless, second-generation NBA player.”

Pressey made this statement about his plans:

“Many college basketball players dream of this day, but when I had to finally make this decision it was difficult because it means I am leaving a place I love so much. I love my teammates, my coaches, Mike Alden and all of our fans, and I’m so glad I had the chance to play for Coach Haith these last two years. He had such a big impact on my career and because of that relationship I will help Missouri basketball anyway I can going forward.

“I wish we could have brought home a national championship banner, but coming to Mizzou was the best decision of my life. This is a special place and I will always be a Tiger.”

Said Mizzou coach Frank Haith: “It’s a bittersweet day because we all care so much about Phil, but I know how much research he and his family have done and I support that 100 percent. I was fortunate in that I had the opportunity to coach Phil for two seasons and he helped us win a lot of games, but more importantly, he was a great ambassador for our program both on and off the court. I wish Phil and his family all the best as he turns to a new chapter in his basketball career.”

Garland Owens to BC; Dwayne Daniel to Iona; Torren Jones to Mizzou

Garland Owens, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound small forward from Massanutten (Va.) Military Academy, pledged to Boston College Sunday, choosing the ACC school over Seton Hall after visiting the Pirates this weekend.

“The coaching staff made me feel like I was a part of the family,” Owens, a Maryland native, told SNY.tv after it was previously reported by several outlets.

“They have something special in store for me. And it’s in the ACC, arguably the best conference in the world.”

Asked what skillset he will bring, Owens said, “Just my athleticism and my energy to make momentum-changing plays whether it be a dunk or a block, just big play-making ability.” To read more of this story, click here

Johnathan Williams III to Mizzou; JaJuan Johnson to Announce Nov. 2; Nichols Visiting Tennessee

 

Four-star power forward Johnathan Williams III is headed to Missouri.

The 6-foot-9, 210-pound forward from Memphis Southwind announced for the Tigers over Georgetown, Michigan State  and Tennessee during a press conference Thursday night.

“It’s just a great situation,” Williams told the Memphis Commercial Appeal. “I went to their workouts, saw their workouts, and they work extremely hard. I know they’re gonna do big things this year and then next year when I get there.” To read more of this story, click here

St. John’s, Wagner Get 3 Dunks on SportsCenter, But Mizzou’s Keion Bell Takes top Spot

St. John’s and Wagner combined to get three of the top six plays on the SportsCenter  Top 10 Friday night — all on dunks — but Mizzou’s Keion Bell took the No. 1 spot with the above dunk over six people courtesy WMOUSports.

Wagner senior Josh Thompson came in at No. 2 with this  dunk over two people — his parents, Josh and Diane.

Thompson does clip his dad a little off the head as he tries to stick the landing, but, still, this is one of the most creative dunks you’ll ever see. To read more of this story, click here