Adam Knollmeyer, a 6-foot-8, 230-pound junior at Helias, orally committed to Missouri on Thursday.
It was a decision his father, John Knollmeyer, said his son had made about a month ago after Missouri made him an offer.
“He’s kind of a local kid,” John Knollmeyer said. “It’s good for his dad because now I can go to a lot of games.
“I wanted him to go out to other schools and use this as a measuring stick, but he’s not interested in doing that. So he’s saving me a lot of miles.”
Helias coach Jerry Buescher said you don’t see many athletes commit before their junior year.
“It’s really kind of unusual,” Buescher said. “But his philosophy was he wanted to go there, so why wait?”
Knollmeyer, 17, is of the Linas Kleiza (6-8, 233) mold, a good jump shooter and tough inside player.
He averaged 14.5 points and eight rebounds as a sophomore at Helias.
“The combination is there for him to excel,” Helias coach Jerry Buescher said.
John Knollmeyer and Buescher both agree that it is likely that Adam will grow another inch and get stronger in the next two years.
Also, since the commitment is non-binding, Knollmeyer still could pursue other options, but the likelihood is slim.
“If somewhere down the road Missouri starts doing things he doesn’t like, he has an out, but I don’t see that happening,” John Knollmeyer said. “Missouri is right there on the bubble, and he sees that he can be a part of that.”