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MU signs on new basketball recruits

Thursday, November 15, 2007 | 12:26 a.m. CST; updated 3:18 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

COLUMBIA — Missouri men’s basketball coach Mike Anderson is expected to announce six recruits today, including five who were given three-star ratings by rivals.com.

Players could begin signing National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, but athletic department spokesman Dave Reiter said the team would wait until today to make an official announcement.

Keith Ramsey, the only player rated two stars, is also ranked the No. 2 junior college player in the country.

Ramsey, a 6-foot-8 forward from Okaloosa-Walton Community College in Niceville, Fla., is averaging 15 points and 10 rebounds through four games, according to the school’s Web site.

The rest of the class should include small forward Laurence Bowers from St. George’s in Memphis, Tenn., shooting guard Marcus Denmon from Hogan Prep in Kansas City, shooting guard Kim English from Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass., power forward Steve Moore from Truman Senior in Independence, and point guard Miguel Paul from Kathleen in Winter Haven, Fla.

Anderson was hired in March 2006, late in the recruiting calendar, but still brought in seven players for his initial season, though some were recruited by former coach Quin Snyder. He signed two players, forward Justin Safford and guard Zaire Taylor, for this season.

Anderson finally got a full class of hand-picked players this year, and the 2008 class is considered the first one tailor-made for his uptempo system.

Of Missouri’s six open scholarships for next season, five will come from seniors and the sixth from Kalen Grimes, a would-be senior who was dismissed from the team this summer but remains on scholarship.

WOMEN’S TEAM SIGNS THREE: Three high school players signed on to play for the Missouri women’s basketball team next season.

They are Christine Flores from Winston Churchill in San Antonio, Texas, Kendra Frazier from Labette County in Altamont, Kan., and Bailey Gee from Andover Central in Andover, Kan.

“This group will make a difference right away, and we look for them to have an immediate impact,” coach Cindy Stein said in a release.

Flores, who is 6-3, averaged 17 points, six rebounds and nearly six blocks last season for Winston Churchill and was named the San Antonio News Express Player of the Year.

The 6-5 Frazier was all-state second team in Kansas’ Class 4A last season after scoring 19.5 points and grabbing 10.1 rebounds per game. She was a two-time Southeast Kansas League selection as well.

Gee, also from Kansas’ 4A, is a three-time all-state player and averaged 20.5 points. 7.7 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game last season. She is 5-11.

“I really like this recruiting class,” Stein said in the release. “I love their personalities, (they) come from good families, are quality people, they are all well-coached and have a passion for the game. They also give us something that we need and that is size with athleticism and obviously talent and work ethic.”

Stein said the Tigers will continue to look for another player, but she would have to be “awfully good” for the Tigers to add to next year’s roster.

TEXAS GETS HICKMAN STAR: Yvonne Anderson, the highly touted Hickman point guard, has signed to play for Texas next season, said Barb Kowal, assistant athletic director of media relations at Texas.

The 5-foot-7 Anderson was a Class 5 all-state player for Hickman last season and is the daughter of Missouri men’s basketball coach Mike Anderson.

In her first year at Hickman, Anderson averaged 21.4 points, 4.4 assists, and 4.6 steals in leading the Kewpies to a 29-2 record and third place in the Class 5 state tournament. She was also the 6A Player of the Year in Alabama in 2005-06.


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