Missouri men's basketball team signs five recruits

Thursday, November 10, 2011 | 11:58 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — The Missouri men's basketball team announced Thursday that five recruits have signed national letters of intent to play for the Tigers starting in the 2012-13 season. The group includes high school standouts Negus Webster-Chan, Stefan Jankovic, Dominique Bull and Ryan Rosburg, as well as transfer Tony Criswell.  

Webster-Chan is a 6-foot-7 forward who averaged 22 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists as a sophomore at Pope John Paul II High School in Scarborough, Ontario, before transferring to Huntington (W.Va.) Prep. He orally committed to Missouri in early October.

Jankovic is a 6-foot-11 forward who is a native of Serbia and, like Webster-Chan, was a resident of Canada before transferring to Huntington Prep. He had also received offers from Georgetown, Florida State, Wake Forest and Purdue.

Bull is a 6-foot-3 guard from Tilton (N.H.) High School, who Missouri head coach Frank Haith compared to former Missouri defensive standout J.T. Tiller. "He’s a very physical, tough, hard‐nosed guard," Haith said of Bull in a news release.

Rosburg will join his brother, walk-on Andy Rosburg, with the Tigers next year. The 6-foot-10 senior center at Marquette High School in Chesterfield orally committed to Missouri the week after his brother walked on.

Criswell is a 6-foot-8 power forward who began his collegiate career at Alabama-Birmingham before transferring to Independence (Kan.) Community College after last season. He redshirted at UAB his first year, then played in 21 games during the 2010-11 season, averaging 3.2 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.

Haith received seven verbal commitments in the past six months. Shawn Smith, a 6-foot-4 guard from Jacksonville, Fla., who plays at the South Kent (Conn.) boarding school, is expected to sign with Missouri in the late signing period set for April 11 to May 16. Transfer Quantel Denson, a 6-foot-8 forward from Paris (Texas) Junior College, also has yet to sign.

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