The Lee's Summit West senior was ranked this year as the No. 130 player nationally .
Although his high school coach was always impressed with how Steve Moore ran the floor and said he was quick enough to occasionally match up against guards on defense, he also said his star player would need to adapt to fit the Missouri men's basketball team's game plan.
In the team's exhibition opening game, the Tigers forced 38 turnovers, including 21 in the first half. The high-intensity defense led the Tigers 97-54 win over Division II Lincoln (Mo.).
A group of substitutes that came in with a little less than 15 minutes to go in the first half sparked a 21-6 run for the Missouri men's basketall team.
Coach Cindy Stein expects three freshmen to see immediate playing time this season. The Tigers face off against Southwest Baptist in their first game at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
Thursday's exhibition game against Lincoln doesn't count toward the Missouri men's basketball team's record, but Tigers guard Zaire Taylor doesn't care, he just wants to play and win.
MU freshman Laurence Bowers has known Tigers men's basketball coach Mike Anderson since he was a child. They first met when Arlyn Bowers, Laurence's uncle, played at Arkansas when Anderson was an assistant there.
MU freshman Kim English nearly lives in the basketball gym. He's even been found to crawl under a blanket and sleep in the lounge of MU's practice basketball facility.
Marcus Denmon, a freshman from Kansas City, scored the first 10 points for the black team in Wednesday's Black and Gold game at Mizzou Arena, and he was just getting started. He finished with a game-high 36 points on 14-of-17 shooting.
After finishing last in the Big 12 last season, the Tigers' top eight scorers return looking for better results.
The Missouri women's basketball team gave fans a taste of the coming season with a scrimmage Saturday morning.
When Jeff Cappel came to Oklahoma before the 2006-07 season, he inherited a team in turmoil. Former coach Kelvin Sampson had left behind a recruiting scandal that cost Oklahoma recruits and scholarships, and Oklahoma lost its top four scorers and top three rebounders when their eligibility ran out.
The Big 12 North is expected to be especially wide open this season, and though he stopped short of making any bold predictions, Missouri coach Mike Anderson is optimistic about his team's chances.
Five freshman and a junior college transfer join Zaire Taylor, who redshirted last season after transferring from Delaware, in their debuts for the Missouri men's basketball team this season.
The Missouri men's basketball team beat host Brock University 117-68 in preseason play Sunday in St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada.
Senior DeMarre Carroll scored 20 points Saturday to pace the MU men’s basketball team over the Ontario All-Stars, 120-80 in St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada, to open the preseason.
The Missouri basketball team is getting a head start on this season with three games in Canada.
The Missouri women's basketball team announced their schedule for the 2008-09 season Thursday.
Former Missouri basketball coach Norm Stewart is recovering from open-heart surgery.