Rosburg, Jorgenson commit to MU, attend Black and Gold game together

Saturday, October 22, 2011 | 12:01 a.m. CDT; updated 9:51 p.m. CDT, Saturday, October 22, 2011
Senior forward Ricardo Ratliffe goes up for a rebound with senior center Steve Moore during the Black and Gold game Friday at Mizzou Arena. The black team won the exhibition scrimmage, 71-61.

COLUMBIA — Ryan Rosburg and Travis Jorgenson will soon be teammates.

The two sat side-by-side Friday night in the stands of Mizzou Arena during the Missouri men's basketball Black and Gold game and watched a game they will soon participate in. 

Black team wins Black and Gold game

In the Missouri men's basketball Black and Gold game Friday, Missouri won.

The Black team that is.

In the inter-squad Black and Gold scrimmage at Mizzou Arena, the Black team defeated the Gold team 71-61.

Senior Kim English led the Black team with 27 points and seven rebounds.

"It was just practice," English said. "I'm just having fun."

Senior Ricardo Ratliffe of the Black team and junior Earnest Ross of the Gold team came in second in points with 20 each. 

"We had some mental mistakes and some executions things we need to clean up but overall an encouraging first time out," coach Frank Haith said. 

The Tigers' exhibition season begins at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 30 against Missouri Southern in the One State, One Spirit Classic in Joplin, which will be televised on ESPNU.

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Both have orally committed to play basketball at MU.

"It was a cool feeling knowing we're going to be on that court together," Jorgenson said.

After Jorgenson, a Rock Bridge junior, verbally committed last month, he texted Rosburg the next day and urged him to do the same.

Rosburg, a senior at Marquette High School in Chesterfield, has collected bags full of letters from top tier schools: Stanford, Tennessee and Virginia. On Wednesday, he orally committed to Missouri. 

"We both knew how well we'd fit here together," Rosburg said. 

The texting continued, then a Tweet at each other here and there. Rosburg made his official visit last weekend. The two hung out with each other and the Missouri basketball team, went to dinner and attended the MU Homecoming game against Iowa State together. They then planned to attend the Black and Gold game together. 

"We're trying to build chemistry for future years," Rosburg said. 

Their relationship began as competitors. Their AAU teams played against each other several times last summer, Rosburg on St. Louis Gateway and Jorgenson for Kansas City Pump and Run. 

"We knew each other, and we knew of each other," Rosburg said. "As we played more and more we became more friendly toward each other."

During the game, Rosburg and Jorgenson talked strategy and technique, and analyzed the team they will one day be a part of. Rosburg studied the playing style of senior forward Ricardo Ratliffe, who scored 20 points for the Black team. Jorgenson focused on guards Michael Dixon and Phil Pressey. 

"I play their position, so I'm trying to see what Coach Haith wants from me," Jorgenson said. 

Jorgenson got to be a part of a tender moment for Rosburg, watching his older brother, senior walk-on Andy Rosburg, take the court as a Tiger for the first time. 

"When he got announced, I got chills a little bit," Rosburg said. 

The two look forward to watching many more games together this season.

"It was cool getting to sit with one of my future teammates," Jorgenson said. "I think we're going to be good friends."

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