The No. 5 Missouri men’s basketball team plays its second and final exhibition game against the Asheville Altitude of the NBA’s developmental league at 7 tonight at Hearnes Center.
The Altitude roster primarily consists of players who have recently left college but did not progress to the NBA. Lavor Postell, of St. John’s University, was a second-round draft pick of the New York Knicks in 2000. He played sparingly during the next three seasons, but after the Utah Jazz cut him before the start of this season, Asheville drafted him third in the 2003 NBDL draft.
In the fourth round of the 2003 draft, Asheville added Kareem Reid, who played four seasons at Arkansas. Reid holds the school record for assists in a career with 748. He spent last season in Grand Rapids of the CBA.
In their first exhibition game, Missouri shook off a poor shooting performance early to roll to an 85-76 win against Inter Hoop, a Lithuanian All-Star team.
After tonight’s game, the Tigers will not play again until their regular season opener at Oakland (Mich.) University on Nov. 29.
The Tigers signed six recruits Monday for the 2004-05 season.
Ryan Williams, from La Costa Canyon High in San Diego, and Chase Wetenkamp, from Manitowoc (Wis.) Lincoln High, both ranked among the top 75 recruits in the nation by Intermat Magazine, signed with MU.
Williams is an AAU national freestyle champion and ranked No. 2 among 152-pound recruits. The Nebraska, Minnesota and Wisconsin football programs recruited Wetenkamp, who is expected to wrestle as a heavyweight for the Tigers.
Jake Kallestad, from Belgrade, Mont., and the eight-ranked recruit at 215; Christopher Potter, from St. Charles, Ill., and the seventh-ranked recruit at 171; Raymond Jordan, a 165-pounder from New Bern N.C., and Ryan Joyce, a 130-pounder from Brandon (Fla.) High, also signed.
Columbia College Soccer
Four Cougars players made this season’s All-Region V team. Goalkeeper Steve Williams, forward Juan Irrera, midfielder Stephen McMullen and defender Vladimir Roganovic all made the team. The Cougars (15-6) play against the University of Mobile (Ala.) in the first round of the NAIA national tournament on Friday in Olathe, Kan.
Show-me State Games
Five Columbia residents were honored.
Molly Vetter was named female athlete of the year; Rebecca Ann Berkfield was named one of two Best Sportspeople of the Year; and Russ Stott, Kee Groshong and Gary Filbert are the newest members of the Hall of Honor.
Stan Kasten left his job as president of the Braves, Hawks and Thrashers amid corporate owner Time Warner’s decision to sell the teams.
Kasten said he might offer to return to management of the Hawks and Thrashers once a pending deal was approved. He said he decided to leave because of major changes going on within the teams’ organizations, including the Braves’ likely payroll cuts.
“It was the whole package of things all at once,” Kasten said. “I just felt this was a real convenient time for me to make this move.”
A group Boston businessman Steve Belkin leads reached a deal in September to buy the Hawks, Thrashers and Philips Arena for $250 million. The deal is expected to be approved within the next month.