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Missouri men's basketball signs top-50 recruit Jakeenan Gant

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 | 7:58 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Standing at 6-foot-8, 215 pounds and the top recruit out of Georgia, Jakeenan Gant signed a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday to play basketball at Missouri.

“It felt like home; I fit in nice,” Gant told the Savannah (Ga.) Morning News.

Gant, ranked as the No. 47 recruit nationally by Rivals.com, averaged 17.9 points and 9.3 rebounds as a forward for Effingham County as a junior. His performance earned him the Georgia AAAAA Player of the Year award.

"Jakeenan really fits our program in all aspects of his game and his approach," Missouri coach Frank Haith said in a press release. "He's an outstanding young man from a great family and just has that competitive drive in everything he does. He was the top player in Georgia as a junior and will keep getting better and better as he matures and adds strength. He has the ability to step out and shoot the basketball on the perimeter, defend on all levels of the court and, as he adds that strength, his offensive post game will take that next step. Jakeenan can be a difference-making scorer and defender both on the wing and in the paint."

Gant chose to sign with Missouri over Georgia, Florida and Indiana. He told the Savannah Morning News that he liked Missouri's coaching staff and style of play.

"We are really excited to be adding a player of Jakeenan's caliber to our program, and we have started making a recruiting name in the Southeastern Conference footprint in a short period of time," Haith said. "The fan support we have, the facilities and the academic track record at Missouri makes this a great place to continue your education. I am very excited about the future of our program, especially now that we have balanced out our recruiting classes."

Gant's signing marks the second year in a row the Tigers have signed a top-50 high school player, with Johnathan Williams III signing last year.

Supervising editor is Erik Hall.

 


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