स्रीनागरRock M Nation - Dennis Gates, new Mizzou Head Basketball Coach, Roster, Recruiting, News - 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 /rss/stream/22756920 2022-06-07T16:12:43-05:00 2022-06-07T16:12:43-05:00 स्रीनागरRock M Nation - Dennis Gates, new Mizzou Head Basketball Coach, Roster, Recruiting, News - 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 स्रीनागरRock M Nation - Dennis Gates, new Mizzou Head Basketball Coach, Roster, Recruiting, News - 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 स्रीनागरRock M Nation - Dennis Gates, new Mizzou Head Basketball Coach, Roster, Recruiting, News - 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 2022-05-29T05:00:00-05:00 2022-05-29T05:00:00-05:00 स्रीनागरRock M Nation - Dennis Gates, new Mizzou Head Basketball Coach, Roster, Recruiting, News - 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 2022-05-21T05:00:00-05:00 2022-05-21T05:00:00-05:00 स्रीनागरRock M Nation - Dennis Gates, new Mizzou Head Basketball Coach, Roster, Recruiting, News - 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 2022-05-14T05:00:00-05:00 2022-05-14T05:00:00-05:00 स्रीनागरRock M Nation - Dennis Gates, new Mizzou Head Basketball Coach, Roster, Recruiting, News - block b <figure> <img alt="2022 Men’s ACC Basketball Tournament - Second Round" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/JnpoRcG64s1ebDje-9AHQbZAVec=/0x0:4607x3071/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/70868609/1383631106.0.jpg" /> <figcaption>Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images</figcaption> </figure> <p>Coach Dennis Gates’ retrofitted roster fits his style and might contend for a postseason bid. Finding a post presence and another shooter could boost the Tigers’ potential.</p> <p id="vi0FAe">With any introductory press conference, there’s a familiar staging and script: too many officials in suits, a pep band, cheerleaders, a select group of boosters, and press packed into the back of the room. A lot of words get uttered. Most of them are hollow.</p> <p id="3PjUrS">In late March, newly minted head coach Dennis Gates served up a prime example, a sound bite that gained immediate traction. </p> <p id="fR3zaF">“To our current team, you may not have chosen me, but I choose you,” Gates said during his opening remarks. “I choose you.”</p> <p id="8HL9qs">Within two weeks, though, MU’s newest figurehead began swiftly dismantling the roster he inherited. Seven players ventured into the transfer portal, while East St. Louis point guard Christian Jones received a release from his letter of intent. By the time the portal closed, just three members of last season’s team remained: Kobe Brown, Kaleb Brown, and Ronnie DeGray III. </p> <p id="1Zx60i">Dizzying? Sure. Hypocritical? Not all. </p> <p id="aonLpu">This is the reality of roster building in the current climate – an environment where players and coaches have equal freedom of movement. Coaches take better jobs. And the recently deregulated labor market allows highly coveted transfers to seek a robust NIL payday. For now, we’ll ignore that half of the 1,600 players in the portal we’re probably nudged out the door. </p> <p id="b1HG4T">And regardless of who held the job, a reboot was likely in the offing. Once Gates got down to brass tacks, the only appreciable difference came in the form of last-year’s up transfers – DaJuan Gordon, Amari Davis, and Jarron Coleman — vacating their spots. </p> <p id="60mVcw">The facelift involved contacting 40-plus prospects, including 36 Division I transfers, and a serious inbound traffic to Columbia. Gates and his staff landed six Division I transfers, the nation’s top two JUCO prospects, and scored a renewed pledge from top-50 talent Aidan Shaw. Meanwhile, MU’s holdovers shared the floor for a whopping 8.5 percent of minutes last season. </p> <p id="ZylFOL">We’ll need to see how Gates and his staff cap off their work this spring, but now is a reasonable point to do a cursory assessment with the bulk of the project complete. The short version: Barring this collection of players appears to be better than last season’s roster — but just barely. And on first glance, any improvement might be the byproduct of a better system fit.</p> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="COLLEGE BASKETBALL: MAR 07 Horizon League Tournament - Cleveland State v Wright State" data-mask-text="false" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/-tofD17RBhGwdBFAGx850xLhcqA=/400x0/filters:no_upscale()/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/23433301/1239016878.jpg"> <cite>Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images</cite> </figure> <h1 id="7RKQBD">What should we know about the new guys?</h1> <p id="B92VGo">Patience is not a virtue for Gates.</p> <p id="vbZpbv">Forget the days of meticulously balancing your roster, coaxing chemistry, and nurturing continuity. A coach inheriting a rebuild no longer spends a season trying to make ill-fitting pieces interlock. Instead, they hit the transfer portal.</p> <p id="L00wJO">Over the past three years, bluebloods have wiped out the market inefficiency that middle-class programs enjoyed by giving high-end talent a place to jumpstart their careers. But a savvy coach can find pieces that fit his system. They can also do something else — compress time.</p> <p id="xREpLo">In six weeks, Gates rapidly grayed MU’s roster. Right now, its average Division I veteran is 22.3 years old and owns 2.4 years of experience. Among that group of nine, there are a combined 221 games against top-100 KenPom teams and 5,316 minutes, an increase of 37.2 percent over last season’s veteran corps.</p> <p id="cr9px0">This is what happens when you swap in Nick Honor for Anton Brookshire, Sean East for Christian Jones, Noah Carter for Yaya Keita, and DeAndre Gholston for Sean Durugordon. A year ago, MU ranked 229<sup>th</sup> in experience, per KenPom. Now, it’s not unreasonable to think the program might finish in the top 50. </p> <p id="24oBQM">Yet this iteration of the Tigers also comes with flexibility. Only three players — DeAndre Gholston, Tre Gomillion, and D’Moi Hodge — exhaust their eligibility this season. Four more — Carter, East, Honor, and Kobe Brown — can use their COVID year to stick around. However, it also offers the newly assembled staff a chance to open up to seven spots in its 2023 signing class. </p> <p id="ql8pIO">So, what exactly has Gates speckled together? Let’s look at how this crew has performed against top-end opposition.</p> <div id="daspji"><div data-anthem-component="table:11164940"></div></div> <p id="Doy9QM">That’s a lot of rows, columns, and decimal points. But a fine parsing can offer us hints about the course Gates is plotting in his first campaign. Let’s tease those out.</p> <h2 id="zO1peJ">Production by committee</h2> <p id="l0AZZD">There’s no apex predator on this roster. Only two Tigers – Carter and Hodge – have posted double-digit scoring averages against top-100 opponents. Even then, Hodge’s average dips to 9.3 points per game once you strip away a 35-point outlier against Oklahoma State.</p> <p id="cViSl1">Surveying this group, there’s no one who can dominate in late-clock situations or outside the natural ebb and flow of a possession. </p> <p id="tdPEoq">That’s fine. While Gates’ scheme is his own, it’s hard not to see the imprint of Leonard Hamilton on the overarching approach. It’s a collective one built around rolling nine or 10-deep and spreading the load across that rotation. </p> <p id="F2yHz8">But what about East, who scored at 20.7 points per game clip for John A. Logan? As you can see, East only averaged 8.6<em> </em>point on 36.6 percent shooting against top-end teams when he suited up at Bradley and UMass. “His scoring might struggle to scale up in the SEC,” said a scout familiar with East’s time in the JUCO ranks. </p> <h2 id="nnyybd">So, how will Mizzou actually score?</h2> <p id="5Ao7z5">Lay absolute siege to the rim.</p> <p id="7xJQnl">By last season, the Vikings were second nationally in cutting possessions and were fifth among high-volume teams by averaging 1.224 points on those plays, per Synergy tracking data.</p> <p id="IkPHoa">The best lens to use in viewing this roster is to ask how good its members are at finishing from point-blank range. The eight members who saw D1 action last season averaged 1.207 PPP, which would have ranked 68<sup>th</sup> nationally and second in the SEC.</p> <div id="ig5q8W"><div data-anthem-component="table:11187175"></div></div> <p id="A8P5RX">Over three seasons at CSU, a slow shift occurred under Gates’ watch. The Vikings steadily decreased their reliance on spot-ups and pick-and-rolls. In their place, Gates’ NBA-inspired system ramped up the percentage of possessions ended by hitting a cutter or a dribbler attacking out of a hand-off. </p> <p id="MfbLF9">The hub of CSU’s offense was the elbow, where big men had to split actions, pin downs, or 45 cuts from the weak side of the floor. And once a shot went up, the Vikings crashed down on the offensive glass. Importing Gomillion and Hodge serves as a clear hint at Gates’ early preferences in Columbia.</p> <p id="1gqLEy">Gates filled this roster to the brim with guys who excel moving off the ball, posting a collective 1.272 PPP on cutting possessions. While it certainly helped that MU landed the likes of Carter and Hodge, Gates could also look in-house at DeGray and Kobe Brown. It’s no coincidence that the Tigers’ brief stretch of <a href="/missouri-tigers-basketball/2022/2/7/22920896/film-room-texas-a-m-v2-0">offensive competency</a> took place when Martin used those combo forwards at the high post and had them reading off-ball cutters on the weak side of the floor.</p> <div id="zRcfbb"><div data-anthem-component="table:11187189"></div></div> <p id="0M0LW0">And while CSU didn’t operate in a ton of ball screens, this roster has players who can exploit those situations. For example, at Clemson, Honor was an undersized lead guard in the ACC. Yet he averaged 1.029 PPP as a scorer in pick-and-rolls over two seasons, ranking in the 70th percentile nationally. Meanwhile, Noah Carter can use a ball screen to attack slower-footed bigs or dribble into post-ups against guards.</p> <div id="XSUTxJ"><div data-anthem-component="table:11187200"></div></div> <p id="XrHFHn">The table doesn’t include East’s time at Bradley and UMass, but those efficiency numbers — 0.797 PPP and a 35.2 field-goal percentage — are pretty sobering. As we noted when East <a href="/mizzou-basketball-recruiting/2022/4/15/22998505/missouri-tigers-basketball-recruiting-sean-east-commitment-juco-dennis-gates-john-a-logan-sec#comments">committed</a>, his best asset might be a floater package that he uses attacking closeouts. At least in the sample of games I watched, Logan coach Kyle Smithpeters didn’t feed East a massive dose of pick-and-rolls.</p> <p id="cOx5aX">Gates’ teams also increasingly relied on transition possessions to power their offense, finishing 20th last season. While the Vikings’ efficiency wasn’t elite (No. 122), getting in the open floor makes Hodge a critical piece. The former JUCO All-American usually had four or five transition opportunities per game – many coming on leak-outs — and led high-usage players nationally at 1.169 PPP. </p> <h2 id="NlIzjw">And Shooting? That’s an uglier matter.</h2> <p id="S9pfiq">Let’s rip the band-aid off. </p> <p id="Fqztgd">No matter how you look at the numbers, MU’s probably going to be devoid of snipers around the arc. According to Synergy tracking data, its Division-I veterans have made 32.2 percent (423 of 1,315) of their career catch-and-shoot attempts. Had those old heads been together last season, their efficiency (0.941) would have checked in at 284th nationally.</p> <p id="KBAW4J">If you wonder why Gates wrangled Gholston, the Milwaukee transfer’s career catch and shoot clip (37.7%) is the only one north of 36 percent.</p> <div id="nyiEFu"><div data-anthem-component="table:11187219"></div></div> <p id="nmYUJs">Now, East did can 40.7 percent of his 3-balls for Logan. Yet his catch-and-shoot efficiency at two mid-major stops — 1.07 PPP and 35.7 percent — is closer to the Division-I average. But against KenPom top-100 teams, his 3-point accuracy slumps to 27 percent.</p> <p id="ByI4IX">And what of Aidan Shaw?</p> <p id="nyHsY2">He shot almost 39.1 percent for Blue Valley last season. Surely that hints at a positive transition, right? Keep those expectations in check. Since the NCAA moved the arc back ahead of the 2019-2020 season, guards ranked in the top-75 of the composite have a median 3-point clip of 31.1 percent as freshmen. Off of the catch, that rises to 34.7 percent.</p> <p id="m34vsi">As for Mohamed Diarra, the No. 2 JUCO prospect, the stretch five only shot 30.7 percent from long range at Garden City Community College.</p> <p id="UF08NE">The modest hope might be that some combination of Gholston, East, and Honor on the floor provides adequate shooting to let bigs operate at the high post and cutters room to roam. Fortunately, MU’s lack of shooting fits the larger pattern in the SEC. The conference has ranked fifth or worse among other leagues for 3-point shooting three times in the past five seasons.</p> <h2 id="Ukc5Mw">Ball-handling looks (slightly) better</h2> <p id="a0U36G">A 1.1 assist-to-turnover ratio and a 1.6 BCI aren’t causing confetti to rain, but it would have been <em>tough</em> to be as bad as MU was last season. Honor averaged 2.2 assists with a 1.8 assist-to-turnover ratio in the ACC. Elite? No. But two times better than Coleman. And Gates backstopped him with East, who logged 4.1 assists per game at two mid-major stops before John A. Logan College.</p> <p id="9U54Uj">On film, Carter pops off the screen as a connector that keeps a possession flowing but is adept at hitting cutters, whether in handoffs, ball reversals, or short rolls. The same goes for Gomillion. Meanwhile, DeGray comes from a read-and-react background. So, even if Gates isn’t running PNR-heavy sets, he’s imported guys who can initiate good action, keep the ball popping, and make sound decisions.</p> <p id="7VAd9G">It also matters what <em>type </em>of turnovers occur. Are they takeaways against pressure? Are they unforced but due to haphazard handling? Or do they come from the ball moving quickly and guys making reads? The final form — the result of creativity — is easier to stomach.</p> <h2 id="nypdpJ">Disruption without insurance</h2> <p id="5OVgCP">During Martin’s tenure, it was rite of the offseason for him to profess that MU would extend defensive pressure to spur fast break opportunities. That never truly transpired.</p> <p id="lFrztA">Under Gates, though, that shift seems more likely. The vets on this roster averaged 10.8 steals per game last season, a tally that would have ranked second nationally. Meanwhile, CSU was 12th in the country for the percentage of initial shots taken almost immediately after forcing a turnover. </p> <p id="iylHpO">How the Vikes went about, though, is interesting. As a Hamilton disciple, Gates’ team used a switch-heavy man-to-man defense at its base, but — at least over several viewings — its help rotations weren’t quite as aggressive as the famed Junkyard Dog system in Tallahassee. What might be more surprising is how often CSU toggled to a zone defense, using it 25.3 percent of the time. That ranked 20th nationally, per Synergy. On film, the system blurs the line between a 1-3-1 and a matchup 2-3, in part, because wings pushed out a bit more. </p> <p id="ZHQKFc">The result: deflections that led to runouts for the likes of Hodge and Gomillion. </p> <p id="nBl0Tz">Yet there’s a potential tradeoff required in Columbia. Aggressive wing pressure allows opportunities for cutters to exploit overplays and opens up corners. Having length around the restricted area is prime deterrence, but outside of Mohammed Diarra and Aidan Shaw, the Tigers are a tad undersized. </p> <p id="UGyXXb">It’s why Western Kentucky’s Jamarion Sharp was so coveted. Not only is his massive 7-5 frame ideal for swatting shots, but Sharp had enough lateral agility and fluidity that you couldn’t just hunt him in pick-and-rolls. He could at least stay in front of a guard long enough for a teammate to recover back, and if he was beaten off the bounce, Sharp knew how to notch trail blocks without fouling. Or he could hard hedge, recover back to an opposing big and wall up. </p> <p id="Htovos">Having him as a backline anchor not only covers up for smaller combo forwards but allows perimeter defenders to be more assertive. Now, the staff will need to use one of its remaining scholarships to trawl for that insurance. </p> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="Davidson v Michigan State" data-mask-text="false" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/uoN8kk3R0A-cESV1rQm56fZdwx8=/400x0/filters:no_upscale()/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/23455851/1386364119.jpg"> <cite>Photo by Eakin Howard/Getty Images</cite> </figure> <h1 id="juLScE">What’s left for the staff to do?</h1> <p id="mPjhog">Shoring up the post rotation is probably the only outstanding to-do on the list for Gates and his newly assembled staff. </p> <p id="p5YHi6">Diarra’s potential is obvious, but it will take some time for him to bulk up and adjust to the physicality he’ll endure each night against high-major competition. Landing Sharp would have served as a buffer and ensured MU kept a rangy big on the floor most of the time. Obviously, Sharp’s decision to stay put in Bowling Green, which caught staffs in Columbia, Houston and Memphis by surprise, heaves a wrench into the gears.</p> <p id="vxUmzY">The timing is the most significant complication. The transfer portal closed up, and the market for proven big men has thinned out. Washington State’s Efe Abogidi trimmed MU early on in his process, and the Tigers never entered the fray for St. Bonaventure’s Ossun Ossuniyi, who <a href="https://twitter.com/Sh00n_/status/1525162822035988480">committed to Iowa State</a>. Meanwhile, the upper tier of the JUCO rankings has been stripped of post players.</p> <p id="soPueo">Now, Maryland transfer Qudus Wahab is still around, but there’s no indication MU’s exploring him as an option. Mohammed Gueye, another mobile big out of Washington State, entered the transfer portal. Yet the Pac-12’s Freshman of the Year is using that for insurance after declaring for the NBA draft. On that front, Gueye <a href="https://twitter.com/JShawNBA/status/1521879113618927617?s=20&amp;t=mfC8g6FTbtkHROqkAR7l0w">scored an invite</a> to the G League Elite Camp. Playing with filters at <a href="https://barttorvik.com/playerstat.php?link=y&amp;xvalue=trans&amp;year=2022&amp;minmin=0&amp;start=20211101&amp;end=20220501">Bart Torvik</a> and <a href="https://evanmiya.com/">Evan Miya</a>’s respective sites doesn’t turn up much, either. </p> <p id="0S5oU5">If the staff has targets in mind, they’re not apparent to the rest of us. As for Gates, he expressed confidence this week that the program will use its remaining vacancies. </p> <p id="Anqfk4">Now, there are some potential specialists to be found, primarily low-usage floor-spacers like Davidson’s Michael Jones (42.4 3FG%), USC-Upstate’s Bryson Mozone (38.4%), and St. Bonaventure’s Dominick Welch (37.4%). MU’s isn’t linked with any of them, but a one-year rental to shore up jump-shooting might be wise. </p> <p id="TiUxy1">At this point, Gates’ retrofitting leaves MU replacing between 50 percent and 70 percent of its production in most statistical categories. That’s not nearly the same scale as what we saw last offseason. And perhaps more importantly, the key holdovers — DeGray and Kobe Brown — align with the new staff’s blueprint.</p> <div id="qgzyoY"><div data-anthem-component="table:11175378"></div></div> <p id="SSEZmO">But with any an overhaul of this scale, you’re likely running short of another commodity — continuity. We can define that as a percentage of a team’s minutes played by the same player from one season to the next. Several years ago, Ken Pomeroy <a href="https://kenpom.com/blog/measuring-continuity/">noted</a> programs with more of that commodity performed better, particularly on offense.</p> <p id="b8wBbf">Last season, MU ranked 330th nationally — or fifth-lowest among high-majors — by having just 19.7 percent of minutes involving the same player in the same role they held on an NCAA tournament team. In effect, the chemistry that helped MU get off to a fast start and amass a slew of Quad 1 wins evaporated. </p> <p id="q9f1LH">It’s also one reason to keep expectations modest. </p> <p id="iCmHiG">Since 2018-19, the lower end of continuity among power-conference schools is 25 percent. Over that span, 29 schools fell outside that boundary. Below, you’ll see their median values for wins, efficiency margin, and experience. The key takeaway: set the floor at 14 victories. </p> <div id="WMsEhc"><div data-anthem-component="table:11165486"></div></div> <p id="N07BJS">We can also use Torvik’s handy <a href="https://www.barttorvik.com/rostercast.php">RosterCast tool</a>, to fiddle with parameters. Currently, MU sits at 55th in his 2023 projections. In the past 10 seasons, five high majors finished in that slot, and just one — Arizona State in 2018 — earned an NCAA tournament bid. None won more than 19 regular-season games. </p> <p id="4RFMbu">An optimist might find comfort in how quickly this roster aged and the fact its constituent parts seem to fit Gates’ blueprint. By contrast, that system relies, in part, on those same parts developing a deep familiarity with one another, the kind you only get by logging extensive in-game reps together. That’s before you get to the roster needs we just outlined. </p> <p id="GKX7eG">But let’s say MU added the likes of Wahab and Jones. The moves would bump the Tigers up to 40<sup>th</sup> in Torvik’s projections – a range where it’s common for power-conference programs to land somewhere between a No. 6 and No. 10 seed in March. Of course, it’s all theoretical, but it underscores the opportunity that Gates and his staff have in front of them. </p> <p id="F8hz3L">They’ve built a potential NIT team, but they could elevate the ceiling with some savvy maneuvering. </p> <p id="1i23fX"></p> <p id="r2bwAA"></p> <p id="bz3raR"></p> /2022/5/14/23044579/missouri-tigers-basketball-analysis-roster-overhaul-dennis-gates-nick-honor-noah-carter-shawn-east Matthew Harris 2022-05-11T08:00:00-05:00 2022-05-11T08:00:00-05:00 स्रीनागरRock M Nation - Dennis Gates, new Mizzou Head Basketball Coach, Roster, Recruiting, News - block b <figure> <img alt="Syndication: Columbia Daily Tribune" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/u8bUdc6VGCycQOF7J5jJzoUb0dw=/0x0:4046x2697/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/70856005/usa_today_18186972.0.jpg" /> <figcaption>Chris Kwiecinski/Tribune / USA TODAY NETWORK</figcaption> </figure> <p>In his first few months at Mizzou, Dennis Gates has almost entirely upended the roster. How does that translate to next season?</p> <p id="Dn1ZFx"><em>Welcome to Rock M Roundtable aka Editorial Bored aka Pregamin’ (But in the Summer), a weekly Q&amp;A where we’ll consult the editorial board on all the big questions facing Mizzou Athletics this summer.</em></p> <p id="PgDZW9">In the two months since Dennis Gates was hired to be the new face of Mizzou Hoops, we’ve rarely been short of news. Between exiting stalwarts and new additions to the staff and roster, Gates has upended the program personnel and given us all an entirely new vision of what constitutes Mizzou Men’s Basketball.</p> <p id="tjHq6N">Over the past few weeks, however, things have calmed down. Rumors haven’t panned out. Transfers have made the surprising decision to stick with their original schools. Corporate NIL concerns are casting a bit of a chill on the market. And it’s translated to a slow news cycle for Gates and his crew. We’re here to help pick up some of the slack.</p> <p id="absGWj">As we do every summer, we’ll host a weekly roundtable regarding everything Mizzou Athletics. This year, we’re starting off by asking the big picture questions regarding Gates’ rebuild project. Thanks to Matt Harris, Matt Watkins and Parker Gillam for helping us survey the landscape.</p> <h2 id="Xt4f2p">We’ve noted this in previous posts, but Gates has stacked the roster with players who only have one year of eligibility. How should fans read into this?</h2> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="Syndication: Columbia Daily Tribune" data-mask-text="false" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/96Z9PMxS10hhLyhwb_0xYpmSpqI=/400x0/filters:no_upscale()/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/23422329/usa_today_18045664.jpg"> <cite>Chris Kwiecinski/Tribune / USA TODAY NETWORK</cite> </figure> <p id="hvjivP"><strong>Matthew Harris, Basketball Editor: </strong>Given the sheer scale of turnover, it’s hard not to be shortsighted in my outlook. Just learning the inbound players and Gates’ tendencies is a hefty lift, so I’ll avoid casting a glance to the horizon.</p> <p id="ORrFLA">When I look over this roster, I see a group that rapidly aged and still left some flexibility in play. Three players exhaust their eligibility this season, and four more have the option to use their COVID year or move along. Matt Watkins will expand on this point, but so much of our assessment hinges on how this collection of players fits together.</p> <p id="32RnKA">As for its actual composition? I like what Gates has done. It’s a roster filled with guys adept at cutting, finishing at the rim, and running in transition. There’s enough depth to where you can roll bodies through to switch defensively or operate an extended matchup zone — looks that create deflections and runouts. Shooting? There’s not a lot of it. But that’s accounted for in the blueprint.</p> <p id="mhP7CX">Now, not every need is accounted for and a couple of spots remain unfilled, but the on-court product may be better simply because the pieces fit each other and Gates’ stylistic vision.</p> <p id="QD6Q7K"><strong>Matt Watkins, Guest Speaker</strong>: I think a lot of the roster-building strategy this season depends on the COVID-year eligibility situation. There’s no question that his issue is causing roster confusion across the sport, but Mizzou stands to be really affected by this. Only three players — DeAndre Gholston, Tre Gomillion and D’Moi Hodge — will assuredly exhaust their eligibility after the 2022-2023 campaign. Four more — Noah Carter, Kobe Brown, Nick Honor and Sean East — will be playing their fourth collegiate year next season. Honor will actually be using his 5th year next season as he redshirted in 2020. Will the turnover be three? Will it be seven? Somewhere in between? Does anyone else leave?</p> <p id="4lN2ns">This is an important question because if it’s a smaller number, you can theoretically look to supplement the roster next season with a transfer or two in addition to freshmen. If it’s a larger number? You may be looking at the program’s third consecutive major turnover. It’s hard to build consistency when you see over 50% of your roster leaving each season. </p> <p id="LMypvc">That’s not to say it’s bad, necessarily, to have a large number of spots open next year. The transfer portal makes it easier than ever to fill a multiple holes. However, if you’re looking for freshmen, you’re most likely a cycle away from having a legitimate shot at landing upper-level talent. This can be seen with the high number of offers going out in 2024 and 2025 classes, and less in 2023. </p> <p id="AP2FHU">Summation: We’ll need to see who stays and who goes next off-season to truly evaluate the current roster building strategy.</p> <p id="4HMDJW"><strong>Parker Gillam, Beat Writer:</strong> Honestly, I like the strategy Gates has gone with. Yes, it will lead to a lot of turnover after this season, but I get the feeling that Gates really knows how to win with the guys he has coming in, especially with so many from his former conference. I think he wants to speed things up on the offensive side of things (which every fan should be happy about from a pure entertainment perspective) while keeping the same gritty defensive mindset Cuonzo Martin’s teams had.</p> <p id="EdLTlN">The key for Gates will be recruiting and developing behind these guys. After a lot of these one-and-dones (kinda?) move on, the hope would be that the younger guys waiting in the wings will be ready for big minutes. That’s what I assume Gates is going for, and while it may be risky, he has a concrete plan and he’s sticking to it.</p> <h2 id="tqPtyC">Any time a new coach is hired, there’s a lot of talk about setting the “culture.” Which new additions will be essential to this task?</h2> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="NCAA Basketball: Cleveland State at Xavier" data-mask-text="false" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/-zXDaNNojgGbBv5HAq-xKso09pM=/400x0/filters:no_upscale()/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/23442375/usa_today_17904074.jpg"> <cite>Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports</cite> </figure> <p id="hnjSOl"><strong>Matthew Harris: </strong>D’Moi Hodge and Tre Gomillion are the clear selections, right?</p> <p id="rRrmXe">Hodge, a JUCO All-American with high-major suitors, opted for Cleveland State and an off-ball role, one where he maxed out every touch last season. That takes buy-in and a clear conception of your role. On top of that, Hodge took the baton as the Horizon League’s best defender from Gomillion, often causing havoc playing off the ball as rotational rim protector and pirate in passing lanes. </p> <p id="i4LHlF">As for Gomillion, watch for little moments in games. A teammate might fire an errant pass in transition, and the combo guard sprints over for an affirmative word. Maybe a defender just misses a steal in the gap and puts a help defender in a bind; there’s Gomillion helping the helper — and still praising the first player for the gamble. </p> <p id="kwA4fd">A couple of coaches have told me Gates puts a premium on players whose confidence is durable. It has to be, because the style of play is going to result in some mistakes. CSU’s going to give up backdoor cuts, it’s going to commit turnovers if a passer misreads a cutter, and without a true lead guard, mistakes in transition weren’t uncommon. Veterans like Hodge and Gomillion provided reassurance. </p> <p id="n1keK9"><strong>Matt Watkins: </strong>Tre Gomillion is the easy answer. Coach Gates has often spoke about his own recruitment and interest in being a team captain as a freshman. Having a leader(s) on the court is imperative. Gomillion filled that role during Gates’ rebuild at Cleveland State. He was top three in minutes played for each of the three Vikings teams Gates helmed. It takes about 30 seconds of watching film to see he’s their glue man. I would expect D’Moi Hodge to be encouraged to step into those shoes as well. Those two are well-acquainted with what Gates wants to do and how he’s done it. That’s big in a situation with 8+ newcomers.</p> <p id="gf5yCu">Having lost Javon Pickett, Mizzou lost a player that had been through the...stuff. It’s a role that needs to be filled. I expect in addition to the two listed above, Kobe Brown will be encouraged to add leadership. Having been on an NCAA tournament team, then a team that won 12 games and saw the coach let go, to now a brand new team and staff, Kobe is the only man who has seen all of it. That has value.</p> <p id="G9nc4P"><strong>Parker Gillam:</strong> It is hard to go against the guys who already know the culture Gates wants to build, so I won’t. In terms of who out of the two it will be, I think Gomillion is the easy answer. Matt mentioned his leadership, which is a huge part of this, especially on a team that just went through so much turnover.</p> <p id="zocgng">However, I’d also like to add that his toughness and awareness on the court being aspects that will play a large role. Gates will likely use him as the example of the players he’ll be giving big minutes to, and others will follow suit.</p> <h2 id="As43mB">While there’s a lot of excitement around this new collection of talent, there’s no such thing as a perfect roster. What holes does Gates still have to fill — now and in the future?</h2> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt="NCAA Basketball: Western Kentucky at Kentucky" data-mask-text="false" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/nWaECJQnE4W75wX-6RSGcVeEEIo=/400x0/filters:no_upscale()/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/23442377/usa_today_17417423.jpg"> <cite>Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports</cite> </figure> <p id="OfmeeE"><strong>Matthew Harris: </strong>I had a long response on why Jamarion Sharp was important. That went in the dustbin on Monday morning. Now, there are two glaring voids. You know what they are, too: rim protection and an additional perimeter threat. </p> <p id="o4P4HN">Let’s start inside. The top three rim protectors on the market — Sharp, Efe Agobidi, and Osun Ossuniyi — aren’t in play. Poking through the list of remaining options, a veteran like Qudus Wahab, who has three seasons combined at Georgetown and Maryland, stands out. No, Wahab’s not the same level of shot blocker. He’s not as fluid or smooth laterally. And he had a bumpy junior campaign in College Park. But Wahab could provide 20 minutes a night of sound positional defense, rebounding, and high-efficiency paint touches. That’s the kind of prospect I’d look for now. </p> <p id="2apRaM">As for a perimeter threat, we’ll have to wait and see. Adam Miller faded from view a couple of weeks ago. (And it’s unclear how serious an option he actually was.) Meanwhile, Elijah Fisher, a top-15 prospect in the 2023 class, has been linked with MU, but most recruiting outlets have given an edge to Texas Tech or a professional option. Top transfers with regional ties — Isiaih Mosley and Malachi Smith — are far enough along in their respective processes that MU probably can’t insert itself into the mix. </p> <p id="JjFrzK">I am curious, though, whether Gates and assistant coach Kyle Smithpeters turn to the JUCO ranks to try and plug remaining gaps. </p> <p id="6FKrpv">No matter the source of talent, adding a bigger body should be the clear priority. Gates showed at CSU that his offense generates production without a primary scorer or traditional lead guard. There’s enough ingredients in the cupboard to do it again. Assuming the staff adds a post player, I wouldn’t be against pocketing the last scholarship.</p> <p id="VEqoi0"><strong>Matt Watkins: </strong>Mizzou has two available scholarships for the 2022-2023 season. Assuming Mizzou will be implementing a style of play similar to what Coach Gates implemented at Cleveland State, the two biggest near-term “needs” in my view are rim protection and playmaking ability on the perimeter. I had the benefit of seeing the others’ responses prior to drafting mine, so I won’t rehash the rim protection bit, though I do agree it’s very important.</p> <p id="bM96fr">Coach Gates was interviewed some time back and said his offensive theory for each possession was: 1. Hunt shots quick in transition and early offense; 2. Run sets to get quality looks; 3. Get the ball in your playmaker’s hands late in the clock. Having run through the data on what’s coming in and returning, I think there are a lot of “fits” for points 1 and 2. Lot of proven players in terms of scoring in transition, post-ups, cuts and even in limited ball screen actions. The weaknesses, at least on paper, are consistent perimeter shooting and isolation opportunities. The question then is, if opponents focus on getting back on transition defense and gum up the paint and cutting lanes, will Mizzou have the tools to loosen that up? Defensively, assuming the rim-protection void is filled, they should be relatively well equipped.</p> <p id="jwzKPe"><strong>Parker Gillam:</strong> I mean, it’s the two things that have plagued Mizzou for the past couple of years. Gates needs to get a quality big that can rim protect and be a threat on the offensive end, while also finding a true point guard to lead this team. </p> <p id="SkghH9">With Anton Brookshire gone, there isn’t anybody to groom as the next one to run point. That task will likely be left up to Clemson transfer Nick Honor, but it puts a lot on his shoulders. In the future, Gates needs to recruit that position hard, because if I have learned anything from years of watching CBB, it’s that teams don’t get very far without a natural point guard, and only the teams with great ones have a shot to win it all.</p> <p id="tLAidF">For the big, it is looking like it will be a work in progress again. Noah Carter comes in to provide some quality size down there, but he at 6’6”, he lacks the height to compete with some of the SEC’s post players. Another year of putting a more natural 3 or 4 at the center spot.</p> <h2 id="BKjYuI">Let’s get personal: Who’s been your “favorite” announced newcomer so far? </h2> <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> <p id="kV2u4t"><strong>Matthew Harris: </strong>Noah Carter. Ignore the physical dimensions. Set aside concerns about how he guards SEC bigs. The Northern Iowa transfer epitomizes a combo forward. How? He’s a connector on offense, by which I mean he keeps a possession popping. He makes reads at the elbow, runs handoffs, and can ping passes to cutters in short rolls. As a scorer, he gets to mismatches easily, dribbling into post-ups against guards, driving on bigs in closeouts, and is his best-self as a shooter in roll-and-replace actions. </p> <p id="UnpnKM">To me, Carter’s a prime example of why film matters. His assist rate is modest. So are his rebounding numbers. And you might think he’s a liability defensively. Then you cue up tape, and that context clarifies a lot of what makes him enticing. He tallies up a ton of hockey assists. His base is sturdy enough to hold ground and force more athletic posts to operate farther from the paint — and create time for help to rotate. </p> <p id="aAZWfd">MU’s recruited a pair of point guards that also excel at moving the ball within an offense that relies heavily on playing at the high post and off-ball cutting. In that setting, Carter’s almost like a third creator, but one with a high enough IQ to exploit a mismatch. Having a wing like Aidan Shaw around to block shots from the help side, but it would be handy to have a more traditional post player to backstop Carter.</p> <p id="TygXQr"><strong>Matt Watkins</strong>: For starters, I like all of the new additions for different reasons, but was told that is not an acceptable answer. (<em>editor’s note: tough crowd</em>)</p> <p id="zoqBmM">Limiting this to the seven current newcomers, my pick is Nick Honor. Why? 1. He’s adept at operating on the ball; 2. He’s experienced, entering his fourth season; and 3. He has high major experience. There are a lot less assumptions to be made when projecting performance versus those jumping up a level to SEC play. We can look at what he’s done at Clemson and get a pretty good idea of what you’re getting. And that’s a moderate usage ball handler, who shoots 34% from three point range and 83% from the line, who doesn’t turn the ball over, makes the right reads and is adept at creating turnovers.</p> <p id="kIgZYj">While I think Dru Smith became far more appreciated when he left with Mizzou’s deficits a year ago at that spot, he’s still not appreciated enough. Add him to last year’s team and there’s a solid argument to be made that they’re a 17-18 win team. A big time difference, obviously.</p> <p id="dD5wdG">I do not anticipate Nick Honor turning in a 2021 Dru Smith campaign, but I do expect that he brings many of those same attributes. Things that are invaluable on any team, especially one turning over 75%+ of it’s roster. </p> <p id="xz6Kef">That said, I believe the player that benefits most from the offseason roster reconstruction was already on the team.</p> <p id="ZJ3SOU"><strong>Parker Gillam:</strong> Noah Carter jumps off the page early to me because I am just personally a big fan of the Northern Iowa program, but give me DeAndre Gholston from Milwaukee. He was productive in both of his seasons with the Panthers, averaging over 14 a game each year. Like Boogie Coleman, Gholston comes in as a proven scorer. Unlike Coleman (fingers crossed), he will not have to run the point during games. If Gates can find a way to keep him off-ball in his natural spot, then I think Gholston will excel. Mizzou has not had a prolific scorer in years, and I think Gholston can fit that role if he is playing within his game.</p> <hr class="p-entry-hr" id="S03wL5"> <p id="wHK41a"><em>Got a question for our staff regarding Mizzou Sports? Let us know in the comments and we’ll look at adding it to an upcoming roundtable!</em></p> /2022/5/11/23052846/rock-m-roundtable-what-to-make-of-dennis-gates-roster-rebuild Matthew Harris Matt Watkins Parker Gillam Josh Matejka 2022-05-09T17:34:26-05:00 2022-05-09T17:34:26-05:00 स्रीनागरRock M Nation - Dennis Gates, new Mizzou Head Basketball Coach, Roster, Recruiting, News - 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