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THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Coach confirms Missouri basketball recruit intends to decommit

Sunday, May 11, 2014 | 6:48 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A story about Namon Wright, a 2014 Missouri basketball recruit who is seeking release from his national letter of intent, was the most read on ColumbiaMissourian.com this week.

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Here are the 10 most popular stories posted last week on ColumbiaMissourian.com, according to Google Analytics.

  1. Missouri 2014 basketball recruit Namon Wright's coach at Pacific Hills School confirmed the guard is seeking release from his national letter of intent on May 4. He told the coach, Ivan Barahona, that he filed for the release shortly before Missouri announced Kim Anderson as its next coach. Wright told the coach he also called Missouri asking the program to release him. "They told him, 'Give us time to hire a coach,' but they were taking a pretty long time," Barahona said. (5,053 page views)

  2. A sexual assault reported around 6:30 a.m. on Friday was the latest in a string of six similar reports, which began May 1. The address of the break-in matches that of The Domain apartment complex at Stadium Boulevard and U.S. 63. The man went into a bedroom and sexually assaulted a woman before fleeing, according to a release from the Columbia Police Department. In almost every instance in the string of cases, the suspect entered or attempted to enter a residence between 6 and 7:30 a.m., according to the release. (1,076 page views)

  3. Nearly one in five women is sexually assaulted in college, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and alcohol plays a role in at least half of all sexual assaults involving college students, according to Wayne State University research. The White House released a report April 29 to provide universities guidance in addressing, preventing and reporting cases of sexual assault. The challenge facing campus assault initiatives, like Green Dot Mizzou, is how to overcome the student culture of drinking.  (960 page views)

  4. After the infamous May 4, 1970, Vietnam War protest at Kent State University in Ohio, where National Guard members fired on demonstrating students killing four and wounding 11, someone spray-painted "KENT STATE" across two of the Columns on Francis Quadrangle. That started a week of protests at MU, including a gathering of nearly 2,000 students May 6, 1970, on Rollins Field, since renamed Stankowski Field. (881 page views)

  5. Less than a week after the athletics department announced him as the next Missouri basketball head coach in a news release, Kim Anderson landed his first commitment — D'Angelo Allen, a three-star recruit from Dallas. Dallas Showtyme AAU coach Erven 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. (616 page views)

  6. Lucas James, a musician who graduated from MU in December, explained how the dating mobile app Tinder brought him and junior Morgan Marie together — leading to the creation of their band, A Simple Exchange. James wrote that Marie swiped right — the action for liking the other person's profile — for musicians while he swiped right for everyone. After a week and a half, the pair had a repertoire of music to debut for their first performance at Günter Hans in downtown Columbia. After a successful show, they decided to stick together. (594 page views)

  7. After Michael Sam was drafted 249th by the St. Louis Rams in the NFL draft, he kissed his boyfriend on ESPN. People reacted on Twitter, and it was hard for many to watch the moment unfold and not feel something. Sports Illustrated writer Peter King tweeted, "Michael Sam rejoicing and kissing on national TV. This is a great moment for the country." (586 page views)

  8. After being put on hold in March because the city lacked sewer capacity, an apartment building planned for Tenth Street and Broadway has been cleared to move forward. The Columbia City Council voted unanimously to allow sewer reconstruction and a temporary closing of Tenth Street between East Broadway and East Walnut Street to clear the way for the new apartment building, The Lofts on Broadway, to receive a building permit. (565 page views)

  9. Kai Qiao, a visiting scholar at MU from China, and his wife Yang Wang, experienced culture shock after landing in the United States this spring. Back in Chongqing, Qiao, a physical education teacher at a four-year college, would likely be planning a lunar New Year dinner, umpiring an international tennis tournament or drinking with friends in open-air restaurants. Qiao and Wang belong to an emerging middle class tied to economic and social change in China. They came to America to capitalize on opportunities, not to escape poverty. (494 page views)

  10. Missouri signee Namon Wright was reportedly seeking release from his letter of intent May 3, according to a Los Angeles Times report. Wright's coach, Ivan Barahona, confirmed the report May 4. Wright, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Los Angeles, is a four-star recruit according to Rivals.com and a three-star recruit according to ESPN. (485 page views)

Supervising editor is Ben Kupiszewski.


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