COLUMBIA — In four months under Kim Anderson, Missouri basketball has earned commitments from six new players. The Tigers declared their latest addition Friday.
In a statement on the Missouri athletics website, the program announced Montaque Gill-Caesar, who also goes by "Teki," committed to Missouri after signing a financial aid agreement with the university. He will be eligible to play with the Tigers this season.
ESPN and 247Sports.com ranked Gill-Caesar as a top-50 recruit nationally.
Gill-Caesar played for two seasons under Missouri assistant Rob Fulford, who coached at Huntington Prep from 2009-14.
"Having the opportunity to continue coaching Teki is tremendous, not just for me, but my entire family, because we developed such a strong relationship during our two seasons together at Huntington Prep," Fulford said in a Missouri news release.
Last season at Huntington Prep, Gill-Caesar averaged 16.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.7 steals per game. The Vaughan, Ontario, native also played at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Colorado Springs, Colo., in June. He was the tournament's second-leading scorer with 19.6 points per game and led Team Canada to a 4-1 record and second-place finish.
Anderson said Gill-Caesar will fill in on the wing for Missouri, which is only returning two starters from last year's team: Johnathan Williams and Ryan Rosburg.
"He can shoot the ball on the perimeter, he can attack the rim off the bounce, he can use his size and leaping ability to rebound over bigger players and he has a great presence on the defensive end of the floor," Anderson said in the release.
Anderson said Gill-Caesar could contribute immediately to the Tigers. Jeff Goodman, a college basketball expert for ESPN, said Gill-Caesar has the skill set to justify it.
"I watched him a bunch last summer and this summer," Goodman told the Missourian. "(He's) good, athletic, strong. He can make an impact right away."
Gill-Caesar is the fourth player from the 2014 class to commit to Missouri this summer. The Tigers signed Keith Shamburger, a graduate transfer from Hawaii, in June, and they also added D'Angelo Allen and Tramaine Isabell to the roster.
Rivals.com lists Gill-Caesar, the 6-foot-6, 215-pound freshman, as a small forward. Goodman said the 2014 recruiting class could be a boost the program desperately needed and likened it to Anderson holding on to the team's top recruit from the previous recruiting staff.
"They kept JaKeenan Gant, now they add him (Gill-Caesar)," Goodman said. Gant stuck with his commitment to the Tigers even after the departure of Frank Haith. "At least you've got some building blocks now. It could have been terrible, a real bad situation."
Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Baylor and Michigan State also gave offers to Gill-Caesar, according to 247Sports.com.
"I already had great relationships with Coach Rob (Fulford) and Coach (Tim) Fuller, but having a chance to meet Coach Anderson and get to know him on a personal level just put everything over the top," Gill-Caesar said of his commitment to Missouri in the release. "I want to thank my family and everyone at Huntington Prep for their support and I'm ready to be a Missouri Tiger."
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