अधिकतमजाँचविकेटRock M Nation: All Posts by Sam Snelling - block b A Blog for Ol' Mizzou https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/community_logos/50319/rmn-fav.png 2022-06-07T16:12:43-05:00 /authors/sam-snelling/rss 2022-06-07T16:12:43-05:00 2022-06-07T16:12:43-05:00 अधिकतमजाँचविकेटRock M Nation: All Posts by Sam Snelling - block b <figure> <img alt="COLLEGE BASKETBALL: MAR 05 Missouri Valley Tournament - Missouri State v Drake" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/EVVtKpOL1Tbv6i-FHb4cQf4SMOI=/0x318:3306x2522/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/70953281/1238964046.0.jpg" /> <figcaption>Photo by Rick Ulreich/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images</figcaption> </figure> <p>The Columbia native comes home providing a boost to Dennis Gates’ first season.</p> <p id="EJQgQE">Isiaih Mosley is coming home. </p> <p id="EuKKZ4">The former Rock Bridge Bruin spent three seasons lighting up the scoring column in Springfield at Missouri State. Meanwhile, Mizzou has been searching for a wing scorer. Even with an NCAA tournament berth a couple years ago, that missing element was obvious.</p> <p id="tnrr0R">Now, with Mosley on board, coach Dennis Gates has a wing with size who can create outside of a set and at the end of the shot clock. Mosley’s stats and evolution at Missouri State have been very impressive. After averaging just 8.3 points as a freshman, Mosley’s scoring shot up to 19.8 points as a sophomore, and reached 20.4 this past season. At the same time, his offensive rating experienced dramatic improvement each season, reaching 113.9 last season after finishing at 107.6 as a sophomore. Doing that while using almost 31 percent of the Bears’ possessions and posting 61.0 true-shooting percentage? </p> <p id="4BQmSa">That’s a player anyone will want. </p> <p id="ary3mo">One of my favorite stat sites is <a href="http://EvanMiya.com">EvanMiya.com</a>, and Evan has taken a different approach to statistical analysis and produces some pretty interesting insights. Right now, he has Mosley rated as the 15th-best transfer on the market based on Bayesian Player Ranking, which is a fancy way of saying a projection. Yet, Mosley is rated as the sixth-best offensive transfer. And only Kendrick Davis (Memphis), Baylor Scheierman (Creighton), and Matthew Mayer (Illinois) are ahead of the Tigers’ newest addition in overall and offensive ranking. </p> <p id="SPwBGI">Mosley’s overall defensive rating lacks for a bit, but hopefully, that’s a product of carrying so much of the offensive burden for MSU. </p> <p id="YyE8jo">Bringing Mosley into fold also pushed MU’s transfer class to second in Miya’s rankings, trailing Illinois. The Tigers’ rivals added three transfers, but Mayer and Terrence Shannon, who is also ahead of Mosley, helped the Illini hold on to the top spot. </p> <p id="8KBvu8">So far, most of Gates’ acquisitions from the portal have been about pouring a sound foundation. Landing Mosley, though, changes the outlook. How much? That depends. Before Mosley committed, MU had likely improved, but the program was still likely to find itself on the outside looking in on the postseason. Now with a scorer of Mosley’s caliber, the Tigers ambitions can reasonably go beyond the SEC tournament. </p> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="mizzou basketball scholarship count 06-06-22" data-mask-text="false" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/i9h7l_Xp3Ocg6BQrFIdLX6jktpI=/400x0/filters:no_upscale()/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/23612170/mizzou_basketball_scholarship_count_06_06_2022.png"> </figure> <p id="8IYjch">Next, some housekeeping. Mosley is a 2019 recruit and a member of the same class as Kobe Brown. Technically, both have an additional season of eligibility given by the NCAA to players whose careers were interrupted by the pandemic. But until Mosley or Brown say they’re returning, we have them wrapping up their careers this season. </p> <p id="P1mdWN">Also, adding Mosley means Mizzou has one additional scholarship listed for the 2023 season. The list of options is, well, short. </p> <p id="rq4z6h">The staff had been poking around Washington State post Mouhamed Gueye, the Pac 12 Conference’s Freshman of the Year, who withdrew from the NBA draft but remained in the transfer portal. On Tuesday, Gueye <a href="https://twitter.com/DraftExpress/status/1534206145392435203?s=20&amp;t=Vay5m6j3-YRZTV4LKe2eFA">opted to stay in Pullman</a>. It’s June. The pickings are slim.</p> <p id="GiBTmR">It’s also <a href="/2022/5/29/23146078/mizzou-basketball-recruiting-where-the-roster-stands-heading-into-june">possible</a> that Mabor Majak, who <a href="/mizzou-basketball-recruiting/2022/5/26/23143282/cleveland-state-transfer-mabor-majak-commits-to-missouri">followed</a> Gates from Cleveland State, could pick up that vacant scholarship. Short of a 2023 recruit reclassifying, we’re likely looking at what the roster will be going into the season. </p> <p id="3DMGB3">The move to import short-term fixes over long term depth makes this an <a href="/2022/5/14/23044579/missouri-tigers-basketball-analysis-roster-overhaul-dennis-gates-nick-honor-noah-carter-shawn-east">intriguing group</a>. I’ll give everyone a little time to start formulating their top 8, but here’s how the positions workout:</p> <ul> <li id="msRPBl"> <strong>Point Guard:</strong> Nick Honor and Sean East</li> <li id="JmgMMW"> <strong>Combo Guard:</strong> Kaleb Brown</li> <li id="Un0rhr"> <strong>Wing: </strong>Deandre Gholston, Tre Gomillion, D’Moi Hodge, Isiaih Mosley, and Aidan Shaw</li> <li id="vp8v7Q"> <strong>Combo Forward: </strong>Kobe Brown, Noah Carter, and Ronnie DeGray III</li> <li id="5hfVQz"> <strong>Post:</strong> Mohamed Diarra</li> </ul> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt=" " data-mask-text="false" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/juoc1fW9N3bcOHkXQlUAQ6DsATk=/400x0/filters:no_upscale()/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/23613291/mizzou_basketball_roster_by_position_06_06_2022.png"> <figcaption>mizzou basketball roster by position 6-6-22</figcaption> </figure> <p id="6v7SCw">Obviously, depth inside remains an issue. And while Majak’s production at CSU wasn’t gaudy, I wouldn’t discount the possibility of the veteran getting a handful of minutes if this is indeed the roster on opening night. </p> <p id="TgpXai">But the positive here is the ball-handling looks relatively strong, and there’s playmakers at multiple positions. Despite the lack of a true post presence, Diarra and Shaw each have enough athleticism to rotate and protect the rim. Meanwhile, Carter, Brown, and DeGray are sturdy enough to elite fight opposing bigs for position. </p> <p id="rM9k2v">While this doesn’t look like a team who’ll be challenging for a Sweet 16, Gates has assembled a crew that should avoid the Wednesday play-in games at the SEC tournament. If all goes well, it could also extend its season beyond championship week. There’s also plenty of roster flexibility which could allow Gates and his staff to fill in and upgrade the talent level with the 2023 class. </p> <p id="ox32Qj"></p> /2022/6/7/23157543/mizzou-basketball-scholarship-math-isiaih-mosley-dennis-gates Sam Snelling 2022-06-06T16:40:42-05:00 2022-06-06T16:40:42-05:00 अधिकतमजाँचविकेटRock M Nation: All Posts by Sam Snelling - block b <figure> <img alt="COLLEGE BASKETBALL: MAR 05 Missouri Valley Tournament - Missouri State v Drake" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/ZaYS2ApEHnUpENSuPqxHaje_XoY=/0x0:4600x3067/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/70949473/1238990854.0.jpg" /> </figure> <p>The Columbia native is coming home, and the Tigers have an elite scorer on the roster.</p> <p id="gS0pgv">If you were looking for some positive news to start your work week, Dennis Gates has you covered. </p> <p id="oydQBW">Mizzou landed Missouri State transfer Isiaih Mosley, bringing one the the nation’s best pure scorers to Columbia and giving Gates his biggest recruiting coup so far. </p> <div id="We5p6w"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Top transfer Isiaih Mosley has committed to Missouri, he tells <a href="https://twitter.com/On3sports?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@On3sports</a>.<br><br>Averaged 20 PPG last season at Missouri St. on 50% FG &amp; 42% 3P.<br><br>HUGE pickup for Dennis Gates.<br><br>“It just felt right to come back home.”<br><br>Story: <a href="https://t.co/Yvk79yxTGh">https://t.co/Yvk79yxTGh</a> <a href="https://t.co/fYAKzwSHNZ">pic.twitter.com/fYAKzwSHNZ</a></p>— Joe Tipton (@TiptonEdits) <a href="https://twitter.com/TiptonEdits/status/1533924208660516865?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 6, 2022</a> </blockquote> <script async="" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </div> <p id="b25wZA">Not even a week ago the thought of landing Mosley seemed like a pipe dream. <a href="/2022/6/5/23154877/is-isiaih-mosley-a-realistic-option">But things can escalate quickly</a> when the clock is running, and now that we’re into June, the decisions should be coming in hot. </p> <p id="7YCHAc">From the moment Mosley entered the portal, the Columbia native and Rock Bridge product piqued the Tigers’ interest. With <a href="/2022/5/28/23144759/where-cuonzo-martin-went-wrong">good reason</a>, too. Mosley, a Rock Bridge product, piled up 1,400 points during his three seasons in Springfield. He’s shoot 41 percent from 3-point range in his career, and he gives a refashioned roster the kind of scorer who can be potent within the flow a set or when a possession breaks down. </p> <p id="vAVRgz">So, getting a commitment from him puts Missouri is a much better position to make some noise next season. </p> <h1 id="i5XwHv">Let’s Meet Isiaih Mosley</h1> <ul> <li id="EHk8Ns"> <strong>From: </strong>Columbia</li> <li id="z7a31A"> <strong>High School: </strong>Rock Bridge</li> <li id="kIt7sa"> <strong>Position: </strong>Wing</li> <li id="2BMUMR"> <strong>Ht/Wt: </strong>6’5 / 195</li> <li id="7oD5s4"> <strong>Offers to note: </strong>Mississippi State, Georgia Tech, Texas Tech</li> </ul> <div id="kBTHjA"><div style="left: 0; width: 100%; height: 0; position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%;"><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/fdqRMEjIrRM?rel=0" style="top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; position: absolute; border: 0;" allowfullscreen="" scrolling="no" allow="accelerometer; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture;"></iframe></div></div> <p id="J4o04O">Before diving into the film, we need to share a statistical nugget. In the past decade, four players logged 50 percent of minutes, had a 25 percent usage rate, and had an effective-field-goal percentage north of 50.0. Who were they? </p> <ul> <li id="qFwFxG">DeMarre Carroll</li> <li id="0id0Hu">Leo Lyons</li> </ul> <p id="rTFvhe">Jordan Clarkson and Jabari Brown <em>just</em> missed those benchmarks in 2014. But the point is that it’s rare. And it’s been 13 seasons since the Tigers had players operating at peak efficiency. </p> <p id="FtDL2P">And Mosley?</p> <p id="UWL3oW">He played 79.4 percent of available minutes, carried a usage rate of 30.8%, and finished last season with 56.7 eFG% for the Bears. He didn’t just surpass those standards. He blew them out of the water. </p> <p id="yc2TKE">Now, he was playing in the Missouri Valley Conference. While that’s a solid mid-major league, Mosley wasn’t facing the likes of Tennessee, Auburn, Kentucky and so on in league play. However, in 11 games against Tier A &amp; B teams (think quads in the NET), Mosley averaged 78% of minutes, 31.4% usage and 52.7% eFG. You see a minor drop off in efficiency despite the same usage and better competition. </p> <p id="KwsBIC">Still, Mosley gets buckets. Lots of them. </p> <p id="8W9FUO">The things that stick out to me in the highlight clips are his effective size. Playing at 6-5 on the perimeter yields plenty of positional advantages. </p> <p id="bDFp4P">Secondly, a <em>lot </em>of Mosley’s work has come out of isolation actions. For the uninitiated, isolations are merely one on one plays. No screens, no passing, just going to work. Isolations are inherently less efficient than other actions. For Mosley? Not so much. He ranked eighth among Division I players for shots generated in those situations, and the comprised almost 30 percent of his overall possession volume. Yet he also ranked sixth nationally in efficiency during those plays, per Synergy tracking data. </p> <p id="IM4ZGO">Third, while his athleticism allows him to be an effective finisher at the rim, his real strength is the jump shot. Whether it’s his lesser-used catch-and-shoot off of spot-up attempts, or pull-ups off of the bounce, he’s an insanely talented jumpshooter. That’s a huge component of being able to maintain efficiency when moving up a level to face better competition: Can you knock down shots off the catch and off of the dribble? Mosley answers that with a resounding yes.</p> <p id="TDaBgK">The biggest question in my mind is how he works into the offensive game plan. Most of the players Coach Gates has put together are great fits for how his teams played at Cleveland State. That scheme involved a lot of playing through the high post, cutting actions. and spot-up opportunities. The “big men” were often the playmakers. </p> <p id="Lt7TnR">Last season, though, CSU ranked 272nd nationally with just 2.8 isolation possessions per game, according to Synergy. As for pick-and-roll opportunities, the Vikings weren’t heavily relying on those, either. They were 282nd in the country for usage. </p> <p id="DgsGa3">What kinds of tweaks and compromises does Gates make to help Mosley mesh with this roster? Will his isolation game be scaled back more in favor of playing off the ball and attacking out of spot ups? Will he be tasked with playing on the ball? What is the trickle-down effect?</p> <p id="CZ43nV">To be <em>very </em>clear: this is a good problem to have. </p> <p id="ZbUbnk">That said, getting a team full of newcomers with varying skill sets to perform as an efficient unit is a challenge. Make no mistake, Mosley does provide you the security blanket when the offense bogs down and you simply need someone to get you a bucket. That’s what he does, after all.</p> <h1 id="Z9Fp2P">What they’re saying:</h1> <div id="wCzcWO"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Outstanding pickup for Dennis Gates and Missouri. Isiaih Mosley was one of the best pure scorers in the portal and one of the best available transfers. Shot better than 50% from the field, 40% from 3 and 90% from the free throw line. Averaged 20.4 points and 6.2 boards. <a href="https://t.co/UHr2W0W8EN">https://t.co/UHr2W0W8EN</a></p>— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) <a href="https://twitter.com/jeffborzello/status/1533927578188259330?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 6, 2022</a> </blockquote> <script async="" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </div> <div id="AFRUzc"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">This is a fun one. Isiaih Mosley scored an average of 20 points per game last year on 50/40/90 shooting at Missouri State. <br><br>He’s coming home. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Mizzou?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Mizzou</a> <a href="https://t.co/LEx3RNUVfC">https://t.co/LEx3RNUVfC</a></p>— Brandon Kiley (@BKSportsTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/BKSportsTalk/status/1533926217568686080?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 6, 2022</a> </blockquote> <script async="" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </div> <div id="Kqv9Qx"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Source: Missouri State transfer Isiaih Mosley has committed to Missouri. <a href="https://t.co/2GVVFQfmge">https://t.co/2GVVFQfmge</a></p>— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) <a href="https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/status/1533924766184243201?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 6, 2022</a> </blockquote> <script async="" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </div> <div id="ufCtdP"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Sifting Isiaih Mosley's Synergy data. Only two other guys left my jaw similarly slack: Kash and Dru.<br><br>Even if his offensive efficiency dips by median for up-transfers, he'd post at 100.1 points/100 possessions.<br><br>That would have ranked fifth among high-usage players in the SEC.</p>— Matt Harris (@MattJHarris85) <a href="https://twitter.com/MattJHarris85/status/1533891965284147200?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 6, 2022</a> </blockquote> <script async="" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </div> <div id="kpndP5"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Rock Bridge Alum Isiaih Mosley says “I’m coming home” <a href="https://t.co/Kuetlf98ug">pic.twitter.com/Kuetlf98ug</a></p>— Chanel Porter (@ChanelABC17news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ChanelABC17news/status/1533929186548654080?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 6, 2022</a> </blockquote> <script async="" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </div> <div id="5f3WVF"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Former Missouri State basketball star Isiaih Mosley commits to Mizzou <a href="https://t.co/rMVH7fvWRx">https://t.co/rMVH7fvWRx</a></p>— Wyatt Wheeler (@WyattWheeler_NL) <a href="https://twitter.com/WyattWheeler_NL/status/1533927869482663943?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 6, 2022</a> </blockquote> <script async="" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </div> <p id="u2Qh2j"></p> <p id="JSD9V2"></p> <h2 id="Oz1DTN"></h2> /mizzou-basketball-recruiting/2022/6/6/23155502/missouri-tigers-basketball-recruiting-2022-isiaih-mosley-commits-dennis-gates Sam Snelling Matt Watkins 2022-06-05T05:00:00-05:00 2022-06-05T05:00:00-05:00 अधिकतमजाँचविकेटRock M Nation: All Posts by Sam Snelling - block b <figure> <img alt="NCAA Basketball: Missouri Valley Conference Tournament- Missouri State Bears vs Valparaiso Crusaders" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/PFlaA5HCF6wo6dPl9Nr40R5S82c=/0x107:1515x1117/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/70944591/usa_today_17828419.0.jpg" /> <figcaption>Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports</figcaption> </figure> <p>What seemed like an impossible dream a few days ago might be happening...</p> <p id="LdsY5I">It was just last weekend where I posted about <a href="/2022/5/28/23144759/where-cuonzo-martin-went-wrong">one of Cuonzo Martin’s biggest mistake might have been not signing Isiaih Mosley</a>. Last week, Mosely seemed focused on landing at either Mississippi State, or possibly Kansas or Texas Tech, maybe Georgia Tech... Missouri had made an initial call and were told Mosley was looking elsewhere. </p> <p id="hl1dGu">If you want a recap on who Mosley is, he’s a Columbia, MO native who played his high school basketball at Rock Bridge High School. While at Rock Bridge he won a state championship, and held an offer from Missouri. But, for whatever reason, Cuonzo Martin and his staff didn’t pursue the 2019 prospect. Instead, Mosley’s high major interest wained a bit and he ended up following his high school teammate Ja’Monte Black to Missouri State. He then proceeded to light up the Missouri Valley Conference for three years. Culminating in his junior season where he put up 20.4 points per game, 6.2 rebounds, on 50.4% shooting from the field. Mosley shot over 40% from 3-point range and 90% from the FT line. </p> <p id="3KAFtV">Once Mosley hit the portal he was a hot commodity. Missouri fans were intrigued. Mosley fit what Dennis Gates was needing on the roster. He was a shooter, and capable of generating his own offense from the wing. That role was strikingly absent despite the offseason overhaul, and finding a true scoring threat on the wing is something that has largely been missing from the roster for the last few years. So it would make sense that Missouri would pursue. </p> <p id="vzRb6r">And I’d like to reiterate. As of the middle of this past week the idea of Mosley landing at Mizzou didn’t seem remote, it was less than a pipe dream. But... </p> <p id="kpNEEw">But. Sometimes if you wait long enough options dry up. Kansas took Kevin McCuellar. Texas Tech looks locked in on Kerwin Walton. Spots have filled up. And even Mississippi State, where Mosley seemed like a lock for a while, has reportedly moved on. Whether that was MSU or Mosley, that’s always murky. But the end result is this... Missouri has a shot. </p> <p id="9ncm8o">A couple days ago we received some intel that the idea of Mosley to Mizzou wasn’t dead. Mosley has been in contact with Missouri, with a visit happening as recent as this weekend. Now it’s worth pointing out how easy it is for Mosley to “visit” a school that’s within a reasonable walk from his childhood house. So if Mosley was home, and he ran into anyone from the Mizzou coaching staff, that’s convenient. If someone with access opened a practice gym that could constitute an unofficial visit, if a few coaches stopped by. </p> <p id="6WBdpL">Point being, this may amount to nothing. As we’ve seen this spring there are a lot of sure things that turn out to be anything but (hello Jamarion!). </p> <p id="ctPNmZ">In a lot of ways this reminds me of several recruitments during the Cuonzo Martin era. There would be an anti-buzz around a prospect going to Missouri, and then for some reason things would get resurrected from the dead. We’d pen an article about how now Missouri has a chance! Before the recruit went elsewhere. </p> <p id="gX2R1N">That’s recruiting in a nutshell though. Mosley’s options have dried up a bit. He’s looking for a place where he can be featured. Mizzou needs a wing to feature. Now it seems like Isiaih Mosley, the hometown kid, is a real option. </p> <p id="xHAw8s"></p> /2022/6/5/23154877/is-isiaih-mosley-a-realistic-option Sam Snelling 2022-06-04T05:00:00-05:00 2022-06-04T05:00:00-05:00 अधिकतमजाँचविकेटRock M Nation: All Posts by Sam Snelling - block b <figure> <img alt="Syndication: The Knoxville News-Sentinel" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/nwmcJhOiuUAObwbzKlvuuSbLgpE=/0x0:3473x2315/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/70942508/usa_today_17933486.0.jpg" /> <figcaption>Calvin Mattheis/News Sentinel / USA TODAY NETWORK</figcaption> </figure> <p>The changes will affect Basketball, Soccer, Tennis, and Softball.</p> <p id="WruAt7">We all know at this point that Oklahoma and Texas are joining the SEC in the very near future. In adding two more teams to a 14 league scheduling changes were going to be required. So yesterday the <a href="https://www.secsports.com/article/34032021/six-sec-sports-future-scheduling-formats-approved">SEC Announced that the conference presidents and chancellors agreed to scheduling changes </a>for men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, men’s tennis, women’s tennis and softball.</p> <p id="OeB8oS">We still haven’t seen what football plans to do, as they go back and forth on whether there should be 8 or 9 conference games, and whether there will be divisions or pods. One conference rival and rotating opponents, or something else. There are a lot of proposals floating around, so let’s focus on what’s been approved.</p> <p id="bWtixL">You all know me as a basketball guy, so lets start with what we know about the other programs and get to hoops.</p> <h3 id="jNrrXM">First, Soccer:</h3> <blockquote> <p id="pLHLL1">Regular season: Soccer will continue to compete in a two-division format. Each season a team will play seven divisional opponents plus three cross-divisional opponents on a rotating basis, for a total of 10 conference games.</p> <p id="8S24wW">SEC Soccer Championship: 12 teams will compete in a single-elimination format, with the top four seeded teams receiving a first-round bye.</p> </blockquote> <p id="Z0Wpgv">This is similar to how baseball works now. You need to qualify to make the post season tournament. Divisions mean you’re going to see certain opponents with regularity, so developing rivalries is easy. It’s a good setup. </p> <h3 id="T4TiWk">Next, Tennis: </h3> <blockquote> <p id="eEJwIY">Regular season: Each team will play a single round robin against all other teams in the conference, consistent with the current format.</p> <p id="0NALT1">SEC Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships: All teams will compete in a single elimination format with the top four seeded teams receiving a bye through the first two rounds of the tournament.</p> </blockquote> <p id="wMJYZw">Nothing shocking here. </p> <h3 id="WLLHw2">Now Softball:</h3> <blockquote> <p id="RPxBaa">Regular season: Each season a team will play a three-game series against eight rotating opponents, for a total of 24 conference games.</p> <p id="bcTB0O">SEC Softball Tournament: All teams will compete in a single-elimination format, consistent with the current format but with two additional games.</p> </blockquote> <p id="y1SHQ3">I’ll let others comment on this, but I’m not sure I love the lack of a rivalry here. </p> <h3 id="bj3vib">Finally, Hoops. Let’s start with women:</h3> <blockquote> <p id="In2ZdI">Regular season: Each season a team will play one rotating opponent home and away, plus the 14 remaining teams in single contests either home or away, for a total of 16 conference games.</p> <p id="xVLKNI">SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament: All 16 teams will compete in a single-elimination format, consistent with the current format but with two additional games. The top four seeded teams will continue to receive a bye through the first two rounds of the tournament.</p> </blockquote> <p id="EOB6oB">Just one regular rivalry, and rotating 16 game schedule does leave a little to be desired. It keeps in tact a more robust non-conference slate. And the Conference is already a fairly brutal league to compete in. But it’s still a little disappointing to be limited to just one permanent rivalry. Especially with former Big 12 opponents moving into the league. </p> <h3 id="WgVnsr">Now to the men:</h3> <blockquote> <p id="FJYTao">Regular season: Each season a team will play two permanent opponents home and away, one rotating opponent home and away, plus the 12 remaining teams in single contests either home or away, for a total of 18 conference games.</p> <p id="fFelCF">SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament: All 16 teams will compete in a single-elimination format, consistent with the current format but with two additional games. The top four seeded teams will continue to receive a bye through the first two rounds of the tournament.</p> </blockquote> <p id="96YH86">An unbalanced schedule isn’t going to go away as long as these super leagues exist. When you reach 14 and now 16 teams the schedule will have to be unbalanced. The current setup is 3 permanent rivals, 2 rotating home and home opponents, and everyone else rotating home and away. So the league is dropping one permanent rivalry, and only adding one rotating home and home while increasing the league schedule to 18 games. </p> <p id="FoBnj6">The conference tournament is basically unchanged with just a few more teams playing on the opening day (which is rumored to be moving to Tuesday from Wednesday). So the day that Missouri seems to be perpetually stuck in just expanded. So yay, more friends!</p> <p id="c719uV">But getting into the Permanent Rival business, this is where I find a lot of intrigue. Currently Mizzou has Arkansas, Texas A&amp;M, and Ole Miss as their permanent rival. Immediately after Mizzou here are the permanent rivals for those teams:</p> <ul> <li id="I5v3vl">Ole Miss: Mississippi State, Auburn, Missouri</li> <li id="kzqpxd">Texas A&amp;M: LSU, Arkansas, Missouri</li> <li id="TBUaSb">Arkansas: Missouri, Texas A&amp;M, LSU</li> </ul> <p id="saIkUX">If I were doing this, I’d work up four 4 team pods, since I think it’s easier to build up the regional rivalries. 3 home and home pod rivalries equals 6 games. Playing everyone else is 18 conference games. I personally like the idea of having more consistency in who you play. Two rivals is just so few. </p> <p id="bDJ2nN">Obviously I think Missouri gets paired up against Arkansas as one of the primary rivalries. But who is the other? The most logical matches are any of the former Big 12 teams, Texas, Texas A&amp;M or Oklahoma. My preference would be OU, with the old school Big 8 ties. Even though it’s been almost 30 years since the Big 8 mattered, the connection still resonates and could be more quickly rekindled. </p> <p id="YXjv9c">Proximity would include Ole Miss. Vanderbilt, and maybe Kentucky. If you’re looking regionally Texas A&amp;M probably pulls Texas and LSU. Texas probably pulls Oklahoma and if there are no objections from College Station having Texas and A&amp;M be permanent makes all the sense in the world. Those matchups probably pull Texas and A&amp;M out of the bidding for a matchup against Mizzou. </p> <p id="OjDhPF">The problem is the original SEC schools are probably going to fight for their traditional rivalries. </p> <p id="Oe5dqI">Ole Miss versus Mississippi State, Alabama and Auburn, Georgia and Florida. There are regional rivalries which make sense too, Florida and South Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky, even Arkansas and Oklahoma. </p> <p id="jUxfA9">That’s the task now. Pick just two permanent rivals around the league. </p> <p id="WobqQE">Here’s my stab: </p> <ul> <li id="MjoF00"> <strong>Alabama</strong>: Auburn, Miss State</li> <li id="38MhuO"> <strong>Arkansas</strong>: Missouri, LSU</li> <li id="52hw01"> <strong>Auburn</strong>: Alabama, Ole Miss</li> <li id="gJKasj"> <strong>Florida</strong>: Georgia, South Carolina</li> <li id="uFY2RR"> <strong>Georgia</strong>: Florida, South Carolina</li> <li id="9t4Y3B"> <strong>Kentucky</strong>: Tennessee, Vanderbilt</li> <li id="Eswg2e"> <strong>LSU</strong>: Texas A&amp;M, Arkansas</li> <li id="06DZ3j"> <strong>Miss State</strong>: Ole Miss, Alabama</li> <li id="uQBXL5"> <strong>Missouri</strong>: Arkansas, Oklahoma</li> <li id="Nuaxvo"> <strong>Oklahoma</strong>: Texas, Missouri</li> <li id="FKskl0"> <strong>Ole Miss</strong>: Miss State, Auburn</li> <li id="40pAH3"> <strong>South Carolina</strong>: Florida, Georgia</li> <li id="bdCany"> <strong>Tennessee</strong>: Vanderbilt, Kentucky</li> <li id="VtBwDi"> <strong>Texas</strong>: Oklahoma, Texas A&amp;M</li> <li id="bKgzAv"> <strong>Texas A&amp;M</strong>: LSU, Texas</li> <li id="GXb5J7"> <strong>Vanderbilt</strong>: Tennessee, Kentucky</li> </ul> <p id="BcSV9R">Let me know your thoughts below. </p> /2022/6/4/23154064/the-sec-conference-schedule-changing-alignment-rivalries Sam Snelling 2022-05-29T05:00:00-05:00 2022-05-29T05:00:00-05:00 अधिकतमजाँचविकेटRock M Nation: All Posts by Sam Snelling - block b <figure> <img alt="NCAA Basketball: Cleveland State at Ohio State" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/s2Y5kntDX0M0Q3DA0ZgdEP8fx3c=/0x1664:2668x3443/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/70921805/usa_today_15313870.0.jpg" /> <figcaption>Columbus Dispatch-USA TODAY NETW</figcaption> </figure> <p>Mabor Majak is on board, but may not be taking up a scholarship. Let’s review. </p> <p id="v6kukq">As options clear out, and new ones emerge, I thought Memorial Day Weekend would be a good time to review the roster. Let’s figure out what’s open, what a potential depth chart might look like, and what might be left on the board. </p> <p id="J88bVL">On Thursday, <a href="/mizzou-basketball-recruiting/2022/5/26/23143282/cleveland-state-transfer-mabor-majak-commits-to-missouri">Cleveland State transfer post Mabor Majak committed to Missouri</a>, and reports have said Majak will start out as a walk-on. It’s why I haven’t updated the count with his name added. If the rest of the summer passes and Missouri doesn’t fill it’s final two roster spots, I suspect Majak will be put on scholarship. </p> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="mizzou basketball scholarship count 4-25-22" data-mask-text="false" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/iTd0K_VtZNWXjvQEjXfeTHQZ3Sw=/400x0/filters:no_upscale()/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/23416168/mizzou_basketball_scholarship_count_4_25_22.png"> </figure> <p id="6q6Lay">The roster is still heavily tilted towards upperclassmen. With this season being a bridge year, it seems as though Dennis Gates and his staff have focused on attempting to raise the floor from what we saw last season. Bring in the type of players who’ll play hard and set the tone, even if the ceiling on the season remains limited, the most makes sense. It also provides flexibility throughout this offseason. </p> <p id="aBgTgN">Gates has added two scholarship players from his last Cleveland State roster, and now he’s also added two walk-ons from that same roster. D’Moi Hodge and Tre Gomillion are on scholarship, while Ben Sternberg and Majak are to be determined. Desiree Reed-Francios’ son Jackson is also walking on. </p> <p id="5ZJ9Xa">It’s not uncommon for a walk-on to earn a scholarship, and with two available next season it could mean any of those three could be added on scholarship through the season. Reed-Francios will be a freshman, while Majak has played two seasons. Sternberg appears to be on his Covid post-grad year. </p> <p id="97bQpv">Here’s the known roster by position, walk-ons have been italicized. </p> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="mizzou basketball roster by position" data-mask-text="false" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/BpUhKjNN9VJ0qALCk77akR_MA2s=/400x0/filters:no_upscale()/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/23595082/mizzou_basketball_roster_by_position_5_28_22.png"> </figure> <p id="uNRxFp">Several of these positions are a little fluid. Tre Gomillion appears to be a power forward masquerading as a combo guard. Ronnie DeGray, Kobe Brown, Aidan Shaw, and Noah Carter are all sort of that jumbo-wing position. </p> <p id="tplPqT">But one thing is for sure, Gates located ball handling. He just hasn’t been able to unlock the center he needs. Without getting repetitive, Mohamed Diarra is an exciting prospect but he may not be prepared to man the five spot full time. So it appears for now there may be a rotation of players who will handle the defensive duties on the interior. </p> <p id="nmfHjO">And the staff isn’t done recruiting either, so a late addition here is possible. Even if it’s looking less likely as the days pass. Elijah Fisher was rumored to be a guy they were chasing, but he’s headed to Texas Tech. Then yesterday there was this:</p> <div id="OtXGGY"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">UT-Arlington transfer Kaodirichi Akobundu-Ehiogu tells <a href="https://twitter.com/On3sports?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@On3sports</a> he’s down to nine schools.<br><br>6-foot-10 bouncy forward with a 47.5-inch vertical leap.<br><br>Announcing college commitment tomorrow.<br><br>Profile: <a href="https://t.co/gAIVFlFLVr">https://t.co/gAIVFlFLVr</a> <a href="https://t.co/Iu4ckHjx0h">pic.twitter.com/Iu4ckHjx0h</a></p>— Joe Tipton (@TiptonEdits) <a href="https://twitter.com/TiptonEdits/status/1530630327579906049?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 28, 2022</a> </blockquote> <script async="" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </div> <p id="8UHIZZ">Kaodirichi Akobundu-Ehiogu. On top of having an elite level name, Akobundu-Ehiogu is an elite level athlete. He’s 6’9 or 6’10 and sports a 47.5” vertical leap. If you click on the tweet above you’ll see some screen caps from his workout video where his head appears entirely above the rim. Akobundu-Ehiogu, a transfer from UT-Arlington, appears to be a defensive specialist who can dunk the ball from anywhere close to the rim. And his highlight video is certainly fun. The overall statistical profile leaves something to be desired, but if you’re smashing dunks and swatting shots I suppose you don’t need to be able to shoot or dribble very much. </p> <p id="OVnaNM">Akobundu-Ehiogu is announcing today. He’s left no real virtual trail, but I can say that Texas A&amp;M is currently two scholarships over the limit and Arkansas has no spots available. Memphis needs a big since they were also recruiting Jamarion Sharp. </p> <p id="CJi5rp">We’ll find out, I suppose. But I’d put this one as a little bit of a long shot. </p> <p id="GxqWZM">So technically still two spots left. We’ll find out where Akobundu-Ehiogu is headed today and go from there. </p> <p id="ll9xP4">Have a Happy Memorial Day weekend, take a moment to be thankful for those who died defending this country. </p> /2022/5/29/23146078/mizzou-basketball-recruiting-where-the-roster-stands-heading-into-june Sam Snelling 2022-05-28T05:00:00-05:00 2022-05-28T05:00:00-05:00 अधिकतमजाँचविकेटRock M Nation: All Posts by Sam Snelling - block b <figure> <img alt="Syndication: The News-Leader" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/JU2JNDjMGX2RdN2xjV5RgOT-OZU=/0x89:2417x1700/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/70919747/usa_today_17339965.0.jpg" /> <figcaption>Andrew Jansen/News-Leader / USA TODAY NETWORK</figcaption> </figure> <p>Cuonzo Martin’s time as Missouri Basketball Coach will always be viewed through a lens of what could’ve been with just a few different bounces of the ball. </p> <p id="kzBKJF">If you were to build a timeline of events for Mizzou Basketball starting with the <a href="/2017/3/15/14936488/missouri-cuonzo-martin-basketball-coach-search">moment Cuonzo Martin was hired</a> to the <a href="/missouri-tigers-basketball/2022/3/11/22968219/report-cuonzo-martin-out-head-coach-missouri-mizzou-basketball-fired">moment he was fired</a>, what would be the moments that stood out to you the most?</p> <p id="RnAE7D">I’m asking this to the readership at large since we all look at things from a different perspective. Over the course of five seasons Martin and his staff made a multitude of decisions about their basketball roster and those decisions impacted the success and subsequent failure of the program. Enough at least to warrant a change this past March. </p> <p id="blCrKk">Given the benefit of hindsight we can look at roster moves in a different way, and there are several key moments that didn’t even warrant much discussion at the site, where as we spent far more time and attention looking at things that ended up having little to no impact on the trajectory of the program. The spring of 2017 felt like a possible sea change, the <a href="/2017/3/24/15047416/michael-porter-jr-the-nations-top-basketball-prospect-commits-to-missouri">addition of Michael Porter Jr</a> and his subsequent<a href="/2017/3/29/15104572/michael-porter-jr-mcdonalds-all-american-mizzou-commit"> recruiting of other high level players</a> made things feel like maybe it was Mizzou’s chance to change the narrative. </p> <p id="JD28tu">But what followed was Martin dragging a band of (mostly) Kim Anderson misfits along with some young bigs to an NCAA Tournament bid. Where a beleagured roster was <a href="/missouri-tigers-basketball/2018/3/17/17132904/missouri-florida-state-ncaa-tournament-recap-score">easily shown the door by a surging Florida State squad</a>. Where it felt like MPJ might’ve been the most important player to sign with Mizzou in the last 10-20 years, it turned out that a <a href="/2017/5/2/15446134/kassius-robertson-canisius-transfer-missouri">transfer guard from Canisius was a more important signing that offseason</a>. </p> <h3 id="47Eslt">So what were the make or break moments over the last 5 years?</h3> <p id="2kyVcz">We’re going to pick one to start, since it’s easy to point to recruiting misses, right? Just point at guys like Courtney Ramey, E.J. Liddell, Caleb Love and others as examples of “if only...” they had chosen Mizzou things would’ve been different. And while yes it’s true that if you recruit and sign your top targets you’ll probably be better than if you don’t. For a program that’s been in the middle or bottom of the SEC for the better part of a decade like Missouri, it’s not quite realistic to think every recruiting battle is going to go your way. </p> <p id="4vUtNT">Sometimes it’s whether your plan B or plan C is a good one, rather than if you miss on plan A or not. </p> <p id="By9yvW">Which brings me to what I think is one of the more pivotal moments, when Isiaih Mosley committed to Missouri State. </p> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="NCAA Basketball: Missouri State at Loyola-Chicago" data-mask-text="false" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/aKSEE4oafiGjBB6q01KYBwxLacU=/400x0/filters:no_upscale()/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/23593541/usa_today_17547842.jpg"> <cite>David Banks-USA TODAY Sports</cite> </figure> <p id="ejjr9D">The date was March 17th, 2019. Missouri was coming off it’s second season under Martin, having just lost in the SEC tournament despite a valiant effort from Senior Jordan Geist. With Geist and Kevin Puryear graduating, plus Jontay Porter likely heading to the NBA Draft despite an ACL Injury, Mizzou had two scholarships available. Maybe wing wasn’t a big priority for them since Javon Pickett was coming off a solid debut season, and Torrence Watson began to look the part down the stretch of his freshman year. But Mosely was flying under the radar. He hadn’t played well in the summer before his senior year and his stock fell a bit, but he led his high school team to a State Championship and looked good doing it. Missouri had hung around in his recruitment but never fully pulled the trigger. Minnesota was interested, and Mosley quietly committed to Missouri State. </p> <p id="m4yjLD">At the time it didn’t seem like a big loss. Few fans were up in arms. But Mizzou finished the spring by <a href="/2019/4/15/18303449/missouri-tigers-basketball-recruiting-eric-williams-jr-duquesne-dukes-official-visit">chasing transfer Eric Williams</a> (who would land at Oregon), and signing Kobe Brown to join Mario McKinney and Tray Jackson in the 2019 recruiting class. KJ Santos would transfer out of the program and <a href="/missouri-tigers-basketball/2019/6/11/18660783/mizzou-basketball-commitment-axel-okongo-scholarship-roster-count-analysis-cuonzo-martin">Mizzou would eventually add Axel Okongo</a> to bang on Jeremiah Tilmon in practice. Okongo took the final 13th scholarship, and while fans bagged on the move it made sense from a strategic standpoint of having a backup big man who could foul Reed Nikko and Tilmon a lot in practice. Still, the roster flexibility was there and Mosley was the one thing Missouri needed in subsequent seasons... and outside shot maker. </p> <p id="Muz9ze">Mosley went on to star at Missouri State as a freshman, while Missouri’s wing play suffered with inconsistency and a lack of shooting. Watson struggled to find the groove he had as a freshman, Pickett played a large role but wasn’t a floor spacer. Any attempts to fix the issue through the transfer portal came up empty. </p> <p id="11HzN9">All those issues at shooting from the wing might’ve been solved had Martin and his staff just taken a flier on the wing from Rock Bridge. </p> <p id="dUrGcE">So this is the opening salvo for an offseason where there won’t be a whole lot to talk about. But I’m curious about your opinion here. I do think most people were excited about Martin at the start, and even towards the end there were still believers. But what would’ve been enough, within that timeline to do more than just keep Martin employed, but also push Mizzou out of the middle class and into the top half of the SEC?</p> <p id="c437S2">Maybe it’s Mark Smith &amp; Jeremiah Tilmon staying healthy in year 3. Maybe it’s simply signing Justin Turner to buoy them two years back. Maybe it’s simply shooting better in one game or another. Either way, there’s a lot of different moments and moves which led to the coaching change. I’m curious what are your top picks?</p> /2022/5/28/23144759/where-cuonzo-martin-went-wrong Sam Snelling 2022-05-26T14:37:34-05:00 2022-05-26T14:37:34-05:00 अधिकतमजाँचविकेटRock M Nation: All Posts by Sam Snelling - block b <figure> <img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/loujJdaLbdIft_nPFNki6FQy1eI=/31x0:1242x807/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/70914244/FOs_lnBWYAcS45y.0.jpg" /> <figcaption>Twitter.com/MizzouHoops</figcaption> </figure> <p>The 7’2” post played spot minutes in two seasons for the Vikings. </p> <p id="gS0pgv">Welp, Matt Harris and I were just talking <a href="/2022/5/26/23142793/podcast-roster-recruiting">on the most recent podcast</a> how things had been so quiet. Turns out all we needed to do was say that out loud and Dennis Gates would step in and make some noise. </p> <p id="YeDXSN">The noise came in the form of a commitment from former Cleveland State reserve post player Mabor Majak. </p> <div id="b25wZA"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">I want to thank coach Gates and the staff for the opportunity.Can’t wait to get to work. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/committed?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#committed</a>.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/miz?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#miz</a> <a href="https://t.co/QXwmea6LNB">pic.twitter.com/QXwmea6LNB</a></p>— Mabor Majak (@MaborMajak) <a href="https://twitter.com/MaborMajak/status/1529908545495384064?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 26, 2022</a> </blockquote> <script async="" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </div> <p id="uOxGMP">Majak played a limited role for Gates at Cleveland State but fills a heavy need for the program with a bigger body for the interior. As a freshman he averaged 5.3 minutes per game and just 0.8 points. That number dipped as a sophomore to just 4.3 minutes and 0.5 points per game. <a href="https://twitter.com/Dave_Matter/status/1529906796122492929?s=20&amp;t=YQfN9uXBtEhSVU61vO6lkA">Dave Matter tweeted this may be a preferred walk-on role</a>, which would make sense. Majak brings a lot of size but struggled to make an impact at CSU. The lack of production at a lower level program would indicate Majak likely won’t be relied upon to be a major contributor at Missouri. </p> <h1 id="i5XwHv">Let’s Meet Mabor Majak</h1> <ul> <li id="EHk8Ns"> <strong>From:</strong> South Sudan</li> <li id="z7a31A"> <strong>High School:</strong> Hamilton Southeastern (IN)</li> <li id="kIt7sa"> <strong>Position:</strong> Post</li> <li id="2BMUMR"> <strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 7’2 / 230</li> </ul> <p id="Q2ix2t">I’m not going to include any offers or others invovled as Majak doesn’t seem to have a big social media presence, you can follow him at @MaborMajak on twitter, and he’s only Retweeted about 6 tweets since the start of the year. So we don’t really know what other programs were recruiting him. </p> <div id="L4W37A"><div style="left: 0; width: 100%; height: 0; position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%;"><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/JL99eThRtYE?rel=0" style="top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; position: absolute; border: 0;" allowfullscreen="" scrolling="no" allow="accelerometer; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture;"></iframe></div></div> <p id="J4o04O">Take as much as you want from these highlights, but Majak isn’t super mobile or fluid, and his balance is weak as well. But as they say, you can’t coach height and he’s big. It will be interesting to see if Matter’s reporting ends up being true and Majak lands as a preferred walk-on, of if he is on scholarship. </p> <p id="SIjmvN">As a player he’s played in two seasons and would be listed as a Junior, his freshman season was during the COVID season which would mean he could also be listed as a Redshirt Sophomore next season. </p> <h1 id="Z9Fp2P">What they’re saying:</h1> <div id="wCzcWO"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">And there it is. Majak shores up some interior depth and follows Dennis Gates from Cleveland State. <a href="https://t.co/wJY16PgeH2">https://t.co/wJY16PgeH2</a></p>— Matt Harris (@MattJHarris85) <a href="https://twitter.com/MattJHarris85/status/1529908735392501776?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 26, 2022</a> </blockquote> <script async="" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </div> <div id="BS8x5O"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Cleveland State put in a 7-foot-2 dude who never plays to guard the inbound, had the entire bench do jumping jacks, and this happened: <a href="https://t.co/dcb3B7K6wP">pic.twitter.com/dcb3B7K6wP</a></p>— Kevin Sweeney (@CBB_Central) <a href="https://twitter.com/CBB_Central/status/1366943575523614721?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 3, 2021</a> </blockquote> <script async="" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </div> <p id="u2Qh2j"></p> <p id="JSD9V2"></p> <h2 id="Oz1DTN"></h2> /mizzou-basketball-recruiting/2022/5/26/23143282/cleveland-state-transfer-mabor-majak-commits-to-missouri Sam Snelling 2022-05-21T05:00:00-05:00 2022-05-21T05:00:00-05:00 अधिकतमजाँचविकेटRock M Nation: All Posts by Sam Snelling - block b <figure> <img alt="NCAA Basketball: Texas A&amp;amp;M at Auburn" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/RBFbcFf39aOpeLrl0KZxIqAe4hU=/0x0:3575x2383/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/70894916/usa_today_17670741.0.jpg" /> <figcaption>John Reed-USA TODAY Sports</figcaption> </figure> <p>The transfer portal has turned NCAA rosters into a turnstile, but good programs keep their players. Weird how that works. </p> <p id="G1iqrt">It’s another transfer portal post!</p> <p id="vMIxhW">The transfer portal is a beacon for discussion, with some people hating it, some loving it... but really most people understanding that it is what it is and it’s not going anywhere. </p> <p id="gbUBAe">Missouri has been heavily involved in the portal recently. For two straight seasons the Tigers have seen 70% of the roster turnover. Cuonzo Martin flipped 9 spots after 3 graduations, 2 grad transfers, and four regular transfers. This spring Dennis Gates has watched 8 transfers and 1 grad transfer enter the portal. There’s been a massive amount of turnover in Columbia now for two years in a row after some relative stability for a few years in the middle of Martin’s tenure. </p> <p id="s8Gc0O">But while Mizzou has been a virtual turnstile, other programs have been able to navigate the challenge of the transfer portal and not seen the exodus the Tigers have. </p> <p id="II50OK">Each of the last two seasons I’ve kept an SEC transfer tracker. Keeping track of each move each program has made. Graduations, transfers, NBA declarations, freshman and JUCO signees. All of it, into one spreadsheet. The advantage is knowing where each program sits with it’s scholarship count (you all know I love my roster counts), but the disadvantage is IT’S A LOT OF WORK and a LOT of reading tweets from <a href="https://twitter.com/VerbalCommits">@VerbalCommits</a> on twitter. </p> <p id="pKDVr1">The work has allowed me to view the portal in a different way. It may seem an obvious point but the programs who don’t worry about the portal, but utilize it, are the programs with the most success. Every program saw at least one player enter the transfer portal. The average was 5. But from most to least:</p> <ul> <li id="8XCobW">Missouri 9</li> <li id="tKsnmV">LSU 8</li> <li id="eVvBJ8">Georgia 8</li> <li id="6rbEqy">Mississippi State 7</li> <li id="MF9wZo">Ole Miss 6</li> <li id="jhFAlV">South Carolina 6</li> <li id="BEIMlH">Tennessee 5</li> <li id="BozEgI">Alabama 5</li> <li id="sUcWwR">Vanderbilt 5</li> <li id="5dArUN">Florida 4</li> <li id="GCuZi2">Arkansas 4</li> <li id="kxmxGB">Texas A&amp;M 3*</li> <li id="ngmL6H">Kentucky 2</li> <li id="HKQ1dK">Auburn 1</li> </ul> <p id="i3Cxzk">I added an asterisk to Texas A&amp;M because the Aggies are the only program who are currently over on scholarships right now. They’re +2 and have 15 players committed top lay next season. So clearly there needs to be some wiggle room for Buzz Williams and staff moving forward. </p> <p id="4FyG0L">In large part, the programs who’ve been the most successful over recent years have held onto their players. The programs who have struggled, or have switched coaches (looking at you LSU), have seen more turnover. </p> <p id="7XL1h5">Which what makes what Bruce Pearl has built at Auburn even more impressive. Auburn has seen virtually no transfer portal entries. They lost some players after a disappointing season a year ago but this season the only exit was Devan Cambridge, who transferred to play his last season with his brother. Pearl is losing multiple players to the NBA Draft, but he’s also added one of the top big men in the portal in Johni Broome. The portal hasn’t hurt them. Cambridge was an energy player off the bench, but his production is replaceable. Pearl has kept who he wanted, and added what he wanted. </p> <p id="42mrsp">Meanwhile, Kentucky is Kentucky. But Arkansas has pushed out who they needed to, and brought in every transfer Eric Musselman really wanted. </p> <p id="BpEtqj">There’s legitimate reason to be excited for the programs in Auburn, Fayetteville, and Lexington. And as this is a Missouri blog, what does it take for Dennis Gates to get Missouri to the level where they are seeing the success of those other programs? </p> <p id="6GIItu">Florida State saw just two players enter the transfer portal this past season, and two the year before. Gates built continuity quickly at Cleveland State and saw just two players leave the offseason before last. So the track record seems to exist that this roster flip was intentional, and in general Gates keeps his guys. </p> <p id="UFYbuy">This isn’t to say continuity is the end all. Kentucky, Auburn, Tennessee, and Alabama have all had multiple players go into the NBA Draft. The path to more stability, and more pros, is to win more. More maybe you win more by building stability and recruiting and developing pros. Which is it? Lets hope Dennis Gates has the answer. </p> <p id="PDbX5F"></p> /missouri-tigers-basketball/2022/5/21/23133351/control-your-own-destiny-by-controlling-the-transfer-portal Sam Snelling 2022-05-15T05:00:00-05:00 2022-05-15T05:00:00-05:00 अधिकतमजाँचविकेटRock M Nation: All Posts by Sam Snelling - block b <figure> <img alt="COLLEGE BASKETBALL: FEB 22 Wright State at Cleveland State" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/cuGvfhHZiaLSRnGRbWdtKgfpLFk=/0x0:4269x2846/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/70871083/1202669395.0.jpg" /> <figcaption>Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images</figcaption> </figure> <p>Gates and his Associate Head Coach Charlton “CY” Young have their work cut out for them in getting talent to Columbia. </p> <p id="QXu50l">Call it a gut punch, an eye roll, or whatever you want. But when Jamarion Sharp announced he would be returning to Western Kentucky after a short visit into the transfer portal a good portion of the offseason plans for the Missouri Tigers 2022-23 season went out the window. </p> <p id="OIlECc">Sharp opting not to join his former Junior College coach in Columbia hurts. His rim protection coupled with the current roster would have made the Tigers a fierce and tough defensive basketball team. So while we should be a little concerned about their shooting, a defense anchored by Sharp — with Cleveland State holdovers and athletic length like Mohamed Diarra and Aidan Shaw — could be enough to get the revamped roster onto the NCAA bubble. </p> <p id="fkpNxI">But that’s not happening. So now Dennis Gates and his newly assembled staff have to pivot. Losing Sharp changes expectations on next season. Instead of the NCAA tournament, more reasonable expectations can be set even without the roster being finished. </p> <p id="evSkcU">But whether or not Sharp chose Mizzou was never going to determine Gates level of success at Mizzou. Cuonzo Martin landed the nations top overall recruit in his first spring and he was still fired after five seasons. Dennis Gates, and by association his associate head coach CY Young, are going to determine their level of success in Columbia over the next 2-3 recruiting classes are going to do that. </p> <p id="Rm3aes">Hopefully there is a lesson in the Sharp saga. </p> <p id="Oodrkw">Missouri is a unique place. That uniqueness can provide both opportunity and obstacle. And you have to be able to show the opportunity while overcoming the obstacles. Mizzou coaches thought they had Sharp in the bag and he never made it to campus. They couldn’t overcome the obstacle of getting Sharp to Columbia, whatever that might be. But in the first real failure you hope the staff will be able to assess what went wrong and hopefully gain a better understanding of where they are. </p> <p id="xlvAvN">Mizzou basketball success over the last 20-25 years has come in a variety of forms. From the Quin Snyder teams loaded with experience and talent, to the Mike Anderson teams who had more developmental pieces and under the radar recruits. Even Martin’s successful teams used transfers and local talent to get into the NCAA Tournament. So what kind of recipe is going to work for Gates and Young?</p> <p id="yPYfJY">At Florida State both coaches were accustomed to being able to reel in top level talent on a nearly annual basis. The early offer lists seems ambitious. And while it’s exciting to talk about players like Jonathan Isaac, Dwayne Bacon, or Scottie Barnes, or any of the early 5-star offers with ties to CY who Missouri has already offered… I’m more intrigued by how Gates and CY can locate the next Devin Vassell or Raiquan Gray. I think it’s a lot easier to attract a 5-star player who’s spent his life in the Southeastern part of the country to a place like Tallahassee than convincing one to spend their winters in a place where it gets quite cold. </p> <p id="PzJXWb">Identifying the middle of the road prospects with high ceilings, guys like Marcus Denmon, Demarre Carroll, or Laurence Bowers, is where you end up elevating Missouri. Finding that roster balance where you can have the types of players with high ceilings who stick around might be more difficult in the era of the transfer portal and NIL, but while most of College Basketball seems to be up in arms with movement good programs are still keeping players around. </p> <p id="hANhRD">So while it feels a lot like things are wild in college basketball, the recipe for success remains the same. Identify and develop talent, turn that talent into pros, and win before they leave for the NBA. Some roster turnover is good, as long as your most talented guys aren’t leaving on an annual basis. </p> <p id="mFoeiK">Jamarion Sharp represented a stop gap. Importing players from Cleveland State represent a patch. But guys like Mohamed Diarra and Aidan Shaw are where the keys for the future of the program lie. Gates and CY are tasked with identifying the talent which will see the Mizzou Basketball program have success in 2024, and hopefully 2028 and 2032. There are two roster spots to fill for next season, but a lot more over the next few years which will shape how successful Dennis Gates can be here at Mizzou. </p> /2022/5/15/23073332/pourover-jamarion-sharp-define-dennis-gates-success-at-missouri Sam Snelling 2022-05-09T17:34:26-05:00 2022-05-09T17:34:26-05:00 अधिकतमजाँचविकेटRock M Nation: All Posts by Sam Snelling - block b <figure> <img alt="COLLEGE BASKETBALL: JAN 25 Wisconsin Milwaukee at Cleveland State" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/CDeMoTvQ-OB4uM_RVErsvOvbNQw=/0x0:2111x1407/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/70704252/1196483001.0.jpg" /> </figure> <p>Mizzou is involved with a LOT of transfers, so far. The list is long, and we’re still figuring out where the priorities are.</p> <p id="EijF1U"><strong>UPDATE </strong><em>Monday, May 9th: </em>Jamarion Sharp opted to return to Western Kentucky. Leaving no further known players who Missouri has been listed as being in contact with. </p> <p id="b0AKOw"><strong>UPDATE </strong><em>May 1-8: </em>Xavier Foster committed to SMU, and with it, leaves just one known transfer target: WKU’s Jamarion Sharp. UTEP wing Souley Boum picked Xavier. The transfer portal officially closed on May 1st. </p> <p id="Qq1qYG"><strong>UPDATE </strong><em>April 24-30: </em>Courtney Ramey trimmed MU from contention when he released finalists for his services. Kyrell Luc picked St. Bonaventure, and Dylan Penn opted for Vermont — decisions that closed out the point guard section of the board. On Friday, Fardaws Amiq committed to Texas Tech. Meanwhile, Terrence Shannon is headed to Illinois, while fellow Chicagoan Adam Miller is deciding between a return to LSU or a move to TCU.</p> <p id="9pLZJs"><strong>UPDATE </strong><em>April 17-23: </em>D’Moi Hodge and Nick Honor committed to Missouri. Callum McRae committed to Sacramento State. Terry Roberts to Georgia. Rayshon Harrison to Grand Canyon. Trey Bonham to Florida. Darrin Green Jr to Florida State. Warren Washington to Arizona State. MU reached out to UTEP transfer Souley Boum. Jason Roche committed to Richmond. Antonio Reeves picked Kentucky. That empties out the wing section of MU’s board. Kyrell Luc removed after releasing a final list of schools. Femi Odukale listed a final five. Washington State transfer Eke Abogidi trimmed Mizzou from his list. </p> <p id="k473ic"><strong>UPDATE</strong> <em>April 10 - 16: </em>Drexel transfer Cam Wynter commits to Penn State. Tristen Newton commits to UConn. Missouri reaches out to UCF transfer Darin Green Jr. Noah Carter, the Northern Iowa transfer, committed to Missouri. Tre Gomillion from Cleveland State committed to Missouri. Missouri also was bounced from the Sean McNeil list. </p> <p id="6wpRDk"><strong>UPDATE</strong> <em>April 4 - 9: </em>Xavier Pinson has a final two of Xavier and Mississippi State. Belmont wing Will Richard committed to Florida. Akron transfer Ali Ali committed to Butler. N.C. State transfer Cam Hayes committed to LSU. Meanwhile, Clemson transfer Nick Honor named MU among his finalists, along with Minnesota and SMU. Missouri has reported interest in Cleveland State transfers D’Moi Hodge and Tre Gomillion. Missouri has shown interest and been in contact with Texas transfer, and Missouri native, Courtney Ramey. And Warren Washington released a final list of schools that did not include Missouri. Mark Sears committed to Alabama. Fardaws Aimaq said he was focuing on schools that did not include Mizzou. Both Dylan Penn and Jason Roche are joining Noah Carter for a visit to Mizzou this weekend. Mizzou made contact with VMI Transfer PG Trey Bonham. We’re going to switch this up and allow it to be a sort of running post. I’ll post when this was updated above, and mark the updates below. Hopefully this helps us all keep track together. Also a note, this is for 4 year transfers only. JUCO and High School recruiting will be kept separate since the transfer market is very fluid. </p> <p id="WOatBM"><strong>ORIGINAL</strong>: For the last few weeks, the two Matts and I have been retweeting and compiling a long list of players in the transfer portal who have been contacted by Missouri. And we have not yet really talked about it. So let’s dig in, and see who is available and on a pretty extensive list. </p> <h3 id="WyiL2f">Point Guards</h3> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="NCAA Basketball: East Carolina at Memphis" data-mask-text="false" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/WeQ0bkLJyxaIJVIXau5GOKLTiiQ=/400x0/filters:no_upscale()/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/23363462/usa_today_17575936.jpg"> <cite>Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports</cite> </figure> <ul> <li id="FbFVxl"><a href="/mizzou-basketball-recruiting/2022/4/19/23032387/breaking-clemson-transfer-pg-nick-honor-commits-to-mizzou"><strong>Nick Honor — COMMITTED</strong></a></li> <li id="ificEm"><strong>Dylan Penn — Committed to Vermont</strong></li> <li id="tcj137"><strong>Xavier Pinson — Committed to New Mexico State</strong></li> <li id="b650Jt"><strong>Kyrell Luc — Committed to St. Bonaventure</strong></li> <li id="B0BbhH"><strong>Cam Hayes — Committed to LSU</strong></li> <li id="MxOq9O"><strong>Mark Sears — Committed to Alabama</strong></li> <li id="s1KdQY"><strong>Tristen Newton — Committed to UConn</strong></li> <li id="xJYxOh"><strong>Camren Wynter — Committed to Penn State</strong></li> <li id="4b7hkZ"><strong>Terry Roberts — Committed to Georgia</strong></li> <li id="dvSYaQ"><strong>Trey Bonham — Committed to Florida</strong></li> </ul> <p id="9RJSHP">The point guard is clearly a position of need, and while it took some time, Gates landed a pair of them to kick off his reboot. With Penn’s decision, we can wipe this section of the board clean. </p> <h3 id="IqgzOB">Combo Guards</h3> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Drexel at Illinois" data-mask-text="false" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/-AyWDxqXUD99G2nXZGgPNOz-nHk=/400x0/filters:no_upscale()/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/22854519/usa_today_15755649.jpg"> <cite>Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports</cite> </figure> <ul> <li id="3uUsEt"><a href="/mizzou-basketball-recruiting/2022/4/11/23020619/tre-gomillion-commits-to-missouri"><strong>Tre Gomillion — COMMITTED</strong></a></li> <li id="q1urZr"><strong>Adam Miller — Returning to LSU</strong></li> <li id="qzwiv3"><strong>Courtney Ramey: Eliminated Mizzou</strong></li> <li id="GPu6NW"><strong>Femi Odukale — Committed to Seton Hall</strong></li> <li id="B9SEiY"><strong>Rayshon Harrison — Committed to Grand Canyon</strong></li> <li id="mN6Jxe"><strong>Darin Green, Jr. — Committed to Florida State</strong></li> <li id="efdFHI"><strong>Sean McNeil — Committed to Ohio State</strong></li> </ul> <p id="qxVOjJ">Combo guard was a little less of a need. Then Amari Davis entered the transfer portal. Tre Gomillion is now in the fold, and you can shift Honor or East off the ball. D’Moi Hodge or Kaleb Brown might also be emergency options. Regardless, there’s an opportunity for MU to further upgrade the backcourt with two scholarships open. MU made cursory contact with UTEP’s Souley Boum, but every indication is that it’s gone no further. </p> <h3 id="YgbE3f">Wings</h3> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="NCAA Basketball: Missouri Valley Conference Tournament- Northern Iowa Panthers vs Illinois State Redbirds" data-mask-text="false" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/_EV4aPQKDRncXsKZQfKHZ8_LAzE=/400x0/filters:no_upscale()/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/23346675/usa_today_17826222.jpg"> <cite>Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports</cite> </figure> <ul> <li id="EDnTQ0"><a href="/mizzou-basketball-recruiting/2022/3/26/22997764/dennis-gates-mizzou-hoops-recruiting-milwaukee-transfer-deandre-gholston"><strong>DeAndre Gholston — COMMITTED</strong></a></li> <li id="bvKge4"><a href="/mizzou-basketball-recruiting/2022/4/16/23022530/cleveland-state-transfer-wing-dmoi-hodge-commits-to-missouri"><strong>D’Moi Hodge — COMMITTED</strong></a></li> <li id="yCJuOH"><strong>Isaiah Adams — Committed to Buffalo</strong></li> <li id="U8elgO"><strong>Jason Roche — Committed to Richmond</strong></li> <li id="iqBc7y"><strong>Antonio Reeves — Committed to Kentucky</strong></li> <li id="oHRwou"><strong>Terrence Shannon, Jr — Committed to Illinois</strong></li> <li id="7NK1fl"><strong>Will Richard — Committed to Florida</strong></li> <li id="W2wJBf"><strong>Ali Ali — Committed to Butler</strong></li> <li id="Tin4av"><strong>Erik Stevenson — Committed to West Viriginia</strong></li> <li id="H0Kd11"><strong>Eric Williams Jr. — Professional Route</strong></li> <li id="RlEHRu"><strong>Souley Boum — Committed to Xavier</strong></li> </ul> <p id="XIUkbr">Hodge is a blur in transition and a potent cutter. Meanwhile, Gholston’s actually a sneaky good shooter off the catch. Oh, and Aidan Shaw will covet minutes, too. Jarron Coleman moving on clears up a bottleneck. Dennis Gates could also deploy the versatile Gomillion here, too. As far as guards go, Elijah Fisher, a 2023 prospect who might reclassify, probably merits the most attention. </p> <h3 id="sejw4H">Combo Forwards</h3> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="NCAA Basketball: Missouri Valley Conference Tournament- Northern Iowa Panthers vs Loyola Ramblers" data-mask-text="false" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/_a893d7m5EaAH7KDx3d7UIgEPgU=/400x0/filters:no_upscale()/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/23363464/usa_today_17834461.jpg"> <cite>Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports</cite> </figure> <ul><li id="LHP7LG"><a href="/mizzou-basketball-recruiting/2022/4/12/23022676/northern-iowa-forward-noah-carter-commits-to-missouri"><strong>Noah Carter — COMMITTED</strong></a></li></ul> <h3 id="UQ3p94">Posts</h3> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="NCAA Basketball: Utah Valley at Utah" data-mask-text="false" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/4UguzWWt-bbuXjOmAhBWe-uQtr0=/400x0/filters:no_upscale()/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/23363466/usa_today_15319279.jpg"> <cite>Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports</cite> </figure> <ul> <li id="YEbBqu"><strong>Jamarion Sharp — Re-committed to Western Kentucky</strong></li> <li id="cgdpEW"> <strong>Xavier Foster — Committed to SMU</strong> </li> <li id="WLlLk9"><strong>Fardaws Aimaq — Committed to Texas Tech</strong></li> <li id="CdIk37"><strong>Warren Washington — Committed to Arizona State</strong></li> <li id="Ri8qUi"><strong>Callum McRae — Committed to Sacramento State</strong></li> <li id="nIbrGR"><strong>Efo Agobidi — Eliminated Missouri</strong></li> </ul> <p id="XmeUg7"><s>Let’s be real. Sharp’s the only known transfer with whom MU’s heavily involved. The deadline to enter the portal and still have immediate eligibility has come and gone. And we haven’t seen or heard of any other prospects on MU’s radar. It also means outbound traffic is also done. </s></p> <p id="n4Kss4"><s>There are two openings, and Sharp, who was supposedly set to visit Columbia this week, is the obvious focus. MU could pocket its final scholarship, but shoring up the post remains an important item on the to-do list. Kobe Brown, Ronnie DeGray III, and Noah Carter are all smaller than 6-foot-8, and none of them is a rim protector. As for Mohamed Diarra, the top JUCO prospect in the country will need to bulk up and grow comfortable defending SEC bigs. </s></p> <p id="QX9BW1"><s>Beyond Sharp, there aren’t easily identifiable alternatives. Even prep options are scant. Fort Zumwalt North’s Connor Turnbull renewed his commitment to Butler. And despite a quick visit and offer, MU never seemed to press the issue with Blair Oaks’ Luke Northweather, who picked Oklahoma. </s></p> <p id="KMmXvu">At this point there are no known targets in the transfer portal. The portal is officially closed for players who have not already entered, and who would be seeking eligiblity to play next season. If that changes, we’ll obviously update the tracker, but for not it looks like Missouri may be out of options (or, at the very least, KNOWN options). </p> /mizzou-basketball-recruiting/2022/4/3/23008022/mizzou-transfer-portal-recruiting-updates Sam Snelling