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

Kim English Expects Mizzou to Win NCAA Championship

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

Jordan Clarkson Transfers to Mizzou

Sophomore guard Jordan Clarkson is transferring to Missouri from Tulsa, 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

Alex Oriakhi to Missouri

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

Jabari Brown to Mizzou

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 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 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

Mizzou Makes Statement on National Stage

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

College Realignment Has Big Impact on Huntington Prep

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

Scales Decommits from Mizzou

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

Mizzou Lands Pair of Recruits

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