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, 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
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 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
GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Kim English is no longer a Missouri Tiger but he has supreme confidence in his old team.
“I can say this now that I’m gone but I expect them to win a national championship without a doubt,” the 6-foot-6 English said following a workout Thursday with the Knicks.
“We should’ve at least went to the Final Four this past year and it definitely left a sour taste in a lot of guys’ mouth out there, but they should win a national championship. They’re the best team in the nation heading into next season.” To read more of this story, click here
Sophomore guard Jordan Clarkson is transferring to Missouri from Tulsa, CBSSports.com reports.
“I’m comfortable with Coach [Frank] Haith and the team,” Clarkson, who averaged 16.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists, told CBS. “Coach Haith’s had a lot of success with transfers and it just felt like the right place for me.”
A first-team All-Conference USA first-team last season, the 6-foot-4, 185-pound Clarkson also considered UCLA and Illinois. To read more of this story, click here
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