UConn power forward Alex Oriakhi will spend his final year of eligibility at Missouri.
He will be eligible right away because UConn is banned from the postseason for the 2012-13 season.
“Missouri needs a center, and I’m going to be the center,” he told the Kansas City Star. “It’s a perfect match.”
Oriakhi visited Missouri beginning Friday and chose to reunite with his former BABC teammate, Phil Pressey. To read more of this story, click here
Over the last couple of days, UConn junior power forward Alex Oriakhi met at his Lowell, Mass., home with Kentucky coach John Calipari, Xavier coach Chris Mack and Missouri coach Frank Haith.
Oriakhi later confirmed a report by CBSSports.com that he plans to visit Missouri next weekend (April 13) and Kentucky the following weekend.
Kentucky, Xavier and Missouri are offering major playing time next season, Oriakhi told SNY.tv, and he is also considering North Carolina and Duke.
As for the visit with Calipari, Oriakhi said: “It went real well. Coach Calipari, he broke it down for me. He told me he wasn’t going to promise me anything, which I like. He’s not going to promise me anything. To read more of this story, click here
Jabari Brown is the latest addition to what could be a very strong Missouri team going forward.
The 6-foot-5 California shooting guard officially pledged to the No. 9 Tigers (11-0) Monday. As SNY.tv first reported earlier Monday, Georgia Tech pulled out of of the Brown sweepstakes.
“Jabari Brown to Mizzou as of today,” David Brown, Jabari’s father, told SNY.tv by text. “This has been a tough, tough time for him. He went to Oregon with every intention of making it work. He’s grateful for the opportunity they gave him. And he regrets that it didn’t work.” To read more of this story, click here
NEW YORK — Before Tuesday night, Missouri hadn’t played in New York since the Preseason NIT in 1988.
Nearly a quarter century later, the No. 10 Tigers made an emphatic statement on the national stage by handling Villanova, 81-71, in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.
“The Missouri brand was on the national scene tonight,” said Tigers coach Frank Haith, a Queens native. “The lights are bright, very bright here in New York. We had an opportunity to play on national TV against a really good team.” To read more of this story, click here
Huntington (West Va.) Prep coach Rob Fulford may be the only high school basketball coach in the country with players committed to both Missouri and West Virginia.
“I think so,” he said.
In 6-foot-9 power forward Stefan Jankovic and 6-6 small forward Negus Webster-Chan, Huntington has two players who will sign with Missouri Thursday during an event at the school.
That same day, Elijah Macon, Huntington’s 6-9 power forward, will sign with West Virginia. To read more of this story, click here
Aaron Scales, a 6-foot-9, 250-pound power forward from the American Basketball Institute in Charlotte, N.C., decommitted from Missouri over concerns about head coach Frank Haith’s future.
Haith faces allegations of impropriety stemming to his time at Miami.
“Actually, he’s been thinking about it for the last few weeks. It’s just a tough situation,” John Jordan, Scales’s high school coach, told the Columbia Daily Tribune. “He really likes Coach Haith. He’d love to play for him, but with these allegations pending, it’s a situation where we just can’t gamble on this kind of situation.” To read more of this story, click here
Missouri landed a pair of 2012 recruits on Friday.
Stefan Jankovic, a 6-foot-11 power forward from Huntington (West Va.) Prep, verbally pledged to the Tigers, as did Domonique Bull, a a 6-4 shooting guard from the Tilton School (N.H.).
“Been a long process, but its finally over. I will be taking my talents to ……….Missouri !” tweeted Jankovic, who also considered Florida State.
“He’s grown, he’s 6-11 now,” Huntington coach Rob Fulford said. “He’s extremely skilled. I wouldn’t say he’s a prototypical European kid since he’s from Canada, but he can shoot. He’s a matchup nightmare. To read more of this story, click here
Former Louisville commit Negus Webster-Chan is headed to Missouri.
The 6-foot-7 small forward from Scarborough, Canada and Huntington (W.V.) Prep committed to Mizzou coach Frank Haith over Iowa. He is Mizzou’s fifth commit for the Class of 2012.
“He’s an extremely versatile guard,” Huntington Prep coach Rob Fulford told PowerMizzou.com “He can play the one through the four in a four-guard set. He can have games where he can have 20 plus, but he’s more of an eight point, eight rebound, six assist, three or four steals. He can do everything. He’s a good defender too.
Former Louisville assistant Tim Fuller, who recruited Webster-Chan to the Cardinals, is now an assistant at Missouri.
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Ishmail Wainright, a 6-foot-5 small forward in the Class of 2013 from Missouri and consensus top-50 player, has officially re-opened his recruitment.
Late Thursday night, he made a life changing call to new Mizzou coach Frank Haith and staff to inform them of his decision.
“I talked to my dad, mom, coach and uncle about the situation,” he said. “It’s too early to make a decision. I want to wait and go visit more schools. There could be a better situation out there.” To read more of this story, click here
After last weekend’s unofficial visit to Missouri, Rodney Purvis is now listing just three schools.
Duke, N.C. State and Missouri.
“Those are my three now,” Purvis told Jody Demling of the Louisville-Courier Journal.
Purvis, who decommitted from Louisville, told Demling he “probably won’t” add any other schools and that Kentucky and Louisville are “no longer on my list.” To read more of this story, click here