Time is now for Anderson, Tigers to Recruit Missouri.

Let me start off my saying that this is in no way meant to criticize the job that Kim Anderson has done so far. Anderson has been nearly flawless in his very short tenure. The former Central Missouri coach retained top recruits Jakeenan Gant, Namon Wright, and assistant coach Tim Fuller. The addition of assistant Rob Fulford was just as big as it helped land top recruit Montaque Gill-Caesar (AKA “Teki”). Anderson has also made it clear that there will be no nonsense under him, quickly dismissing Torren Jones from the team after a rules violation.

The major selling point of hiring Anderson was that he was a Missouri guy. He was going to bring pride back to Missouri, and make being a Missouri Tiger mean something. Hopefully, that will include in state recruiting, something the

Credit: CBS.com

Credit: CBS.com

past two Missouri coaches failed miserably at. Missouri produced some very good athletes, particularly basketball players. Since 2007, 12 ESPN Top 100 recruits have come out of the state of Missouri, and exactly zero of them committed to their hometown school.

  • 2007
    • George Goode – Louisville
  • 2008
    • Scott Suggs – Washington
    • John Brandenburg – Northeastern
    • Anthony Booker – SIU-Carbondale
  • 2009
    • Tyler Griffey – Illinois
  • 2011
    • Bradley Beal – Florida
    • Otto Porter – Georgetown
    • Ben McClemore – Kansas
    • BJ Young – Arkansas
  • 2012
    • Cam Beidschied – Notre Dame (transferred to Mizzou)
  • 2013
    • Ismael Wainright – Baylor
  • 2014
    • Jordan Barnett – Texas

It is time to start keeping the hometown kids home, now more than ever. In the next two years, Missouri will produce at least four more top 100 recruits. Waynesville big Juwan Morgan, Hickman guard Jimmy Whitt, Chaminade big Tyler Cook, and Chaminade forward Jayson Tatum. Morgan, a member of the 2015 class, is a borderline top 100 guy, but would be a welcomed addition to a program that desperately needs good big men. Whitt, another 2015 kid, is from Columbia which should give the Tigers a distinct advantage in recruiting him. Ranked 52nd nationally by Rivals, Whitt is a lanky 6’2 guard with a knack for scoring the basketball.

The 2016 class could include more than two top 100 guys, but the rankings have not been released yet. For now we know that Chaminade teammates Tyler Cook and Jayson Tatum will surely be highly ranked. Cook already has offers from Mizzou, Florida, and Kansas. The 6’8, 240 pound center, like Morgan, would be a very welcome addition to a team that lacks talented big men. While Cook, Whitt, and Morgan are all talented players, Jayson Tatum is the Holy Grail.

Bradley Beal, who has made a name for himself in the NBA, was the most highly touted recruit in the state’s history until Tatum came along. Ironically Tatum attends Chaminade, the same school Beal graduated from. In year’s past,

Jayson Tatum could be the best ever from Missouri.

Jayson Tatum could be the best ever from Missouri.

Chaminade has been a funnel to Florida, where both Beal, and fellow Chaminade grad (and NBA star), David Lee committed. Tatum is ranked fourth in his class by Rivals, but Scout.com ranks him as the top player in the 2014 class. If you haven’t had the pleasure of watching Tatum play, do so, immediately. A 6’7 combo forward, he can do it all. One possession you may find him posting up on the block and hitting a Dirk-esque fade away. The next possession he will run the point and break his man down off the bounce.

It is time to keep the home town kids home, get it done Coach Anderson.

It’s not crazy, it’s sports.

AJ

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