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Anderson lands first commitment as Missouri basketball head coach

Sunday, May 4, 2014 | 3:26 p.m. CDT; updated 4:30 p.m. CDT, Monday, May 5, 2014

COLUMBIA — Missouri basketball coach Kim Anderson wasted little time in reeling in the first commitment of his tenure. 

D'Angelo Allen, a three-star recruit from Dallas, officially became the first Missouri commit of the Anderson era, Dallas Showtyme AAU coach Erven Davis said Sunday. 

Anderson visited Allen in Dallas shortly after being named the Tigers' new coach last week.

Davis said Allen's conversation with Anderson "went well," but he cited Allen's relationship with associate head coach Tim Fuller as his primary reason for choosing Missouri.

"I think he played a big role because of the familiarity he had with D'Angelo," Davis said. "Coach Fuller had been recruiting him for a while. He just felt very comfortable with him." 

The potential for the 6-foot-7 small forward to earn immediate playing time factored into the decision, Davis said.

"Other schools that were recruiting him were good, but he felt like he has an opportunity to come in there and make an impact from the start," Davis said. 

Allen chose Missouri over Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Georgetown and Marquette after a senior year in which he helped Dallas Kimball to a 4A State Championship. 

"He's one of the most unselfish players alive," Davis said. "Defensively it doesn't get much better." 

Supervising editor is Sean Morrison.


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