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MID-MISSOURI - Here are some scores from around the area for Thursday, January 12, 2017:

NCAA Women's Basketball: 

LSU 80, Missouri 71

NAIA Women's Basketball:

No. 16 Central Methodist 76, Culver-Stockton 64

No. 12 Columbia College 92, Park 75

William Woods 58, Stephens 45

NAIA Men's Basketball: 

No. 6 Columbia College 89, No. 25 Park 73

Central Methodist 81, Culver-Stockton 64

NCAA Division II Men's Basketball:

Lincoln 77, Pittsburg St. 69


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Local Sports Scores: Thursday, Dec. 15 http://www.komu.com/news/local-sports-scores-thursday-dec-15/ http://www.komu.com/news/local-sports-scores-thursday-dec-15/ Basketball Thu, 15 Dec 2016 8:24:23 PM Charles Nichelson, KOMU8 Digital Producer Local Sports Scores: Thursday, Dec. 15

COLUMBIA - Sports scores from around the area

Girls High School Basketball:

So. Callaway 72, Eugene 69

New Bloomfield 67, Chamois 35

Boys High School Basketball:

Moberly 57, Boonville 51

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DaJonee Hale named Heart of America Player of the Week http://www.komu.com/news/dajonee-hale-named-heart-of-america-player-of-the-week/ http://www.komu.com/news/dajonee-hale-named-heart-of-america-player-of-the-week/ Basketball Wed, 7 Dec 2016 4:10:22 PM Jared Koller, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer DaJonee Hale named Heart of America Player of the Week

Columbia, Mo. – The Heart of America Athletic Conference awarded its Women's Basketball Player of the Week honor to Central Methodist guard DaJonee Hale on Monday afternoon.

Hale lead the Eagles in scoring en route to two victories last week. 

This is the second honor for CMU this season, after Lexie Moe took home the inaugural honor in November.

“DaJonee had an unbelievable week,” CMU head women’s basketball coach Mike Davis said. “She actually moved to our point guard spot and was so good on the offensive end of the court. Her efficiency was at a high level. We are excited to see what this season brings for her.”

DaJonee Hale led the Eagles with 24 points in 29 minutes of action against 11th ranked Benedictine College, while chiming in with seven rebounds, two assists and a steal.

The Eagles concluded the week with a road win at Grand View where Hale played all but two minutes and scored a game high 37 points.

Hale finished the week shooting .510 from the field, .440 from beyond the three-point arc, and .900 from the free-throw line.

The 17th ranked Eagles return to action Saturday, when Central hosts Graceland University at Puckett Field House.

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Central Methodist junior earns All-American honors http://www.komu.com/news/central-methodist-junior-earns-all-american-honors/ http://www.komu.com/news/central-methodist-junior-earns-all-american-honors/ Basketball Wed, 7 Dec 2016 3:56:24 PM Jared Koller, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Central Methodist junior earns All-American honors

Columbia, Mo. – The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced the 2016 NAIA Regional Awards late last week, with Central Methodist University junior Madison Bond earning a spot on the Midwest Region’s Honorable Mention list.

Bond closed out her junior year as one of the leaders for CMU, finishing with a team best .344 attack percentage. She finished second on the team with 357 kills and a set percentage of .447. Bond averaged close to a block per game, led the team with 142 blocks and finished second in total points scored.

“I am very excited that Madison has been named to the All-Region team,” CMU head volleyball coach Allison Jones-Olson said. “She had an outstanding season for us, and has been a leader both on and off the court.”

Bond was one of nine other players honored by the Midwest Region in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.

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Tolton ready for post-championship pressure http://www.komu.com/news/tolton-ready-for-post-championship-pressure/ http://www.komu.com/news/tolton-ready-for-post-championship-pressure/ Basketball Sun, 4 Dec 2016 2:25:19 PM Austin Hough, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Tolton ready for post-championship pressure

COLUMBIA — Defending your title in sports is one of the hardest things to do. Then factor in losing over 75 percent of your roster from a season ago, and the odds of going back-to-back seem impossible.

That's what the Tolton Catholic High School boys basketball team faces this season.

A season ago, the Trailblazers won the class 3 title, defeating Barstow 62-60. It was the program's first title in just its fifth year of existence.

"The game was a blur," Tolton coach Jeremy Osborne said of the state title game in March. "It all happened so fast."

Tolton's roster went through a massive overhaul in the nine months between their championship and the start of the 2016-17 campaign.

Along with losing seven seniors to graduation, brothers Michael and Jontay Porter moved to Washington with their family. Their father, Michael Porter Sr., took an assistant head coaching job with the University of Washington's mens basketball team, prompting the move.

Porter Jr., a senior, is the second ranked recruit in the nation, according to rivals.com. Junior Jontay Porter is a highly ranked recruit as well. Both have committed to play at the University of Washington.

Combined, the two Porters averaged over 40 points and 20 rebounds a game for the Trailblazers. 

"I was aware of the potential situation. But, other than that, it was a complete family decision," Osborne said of the Porters moving to Seattle. "They made a decision that is best for their family and you got to respect that."

All of the turnover from last season leaves Tolton young this year. There's only two seniors on the roster for the Trailblazers, which is the same amount of freshman on the roster as well.

One of those seniors is point guard Isaiah Wilson, who was a regular starter last year for Tolton. He will be leaned on to lead a team mostly of sophomores and juniors who haven't had much varsity experience in the past.

"I want to embrace that challenge this year. I'm really looking forward to it," Wilson said. "I was a leader last year as well and I just feel like I'm ready to even be more of a leader this year."

Wilson added, "I'm the only senior, really, on the team this year. Being the only one with some varsity experience, its going to be a huge deal for me to be a leader this year."

The Trailblazers are young, but Osborne said it will not deter them from their goals.

"We just worry about what we can control. And if we do a good enough job of controlling what we can control, then we don't need to worry about what people say about us," Osborne said.

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Tigers Offense Goes Cold in Upset Loss http://www.komu.com/news/tigers-offense-goes-cold-in-upset-loss/ http://www.komu.com/news/tigers-offense-goes-cold-in-upset-loss/ Basketball Mon, 28 Nov 2016 10:42:27 PM Bobby Perry KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Tigers Offense Goes Cold in Upset Loss

COLUMBIA: The Missouri Tiger Men's Basketball came into Monday night's contest expecting a tough test against an experienced North Carolina Central team according to Coach Kim Anderson.  They got all they could handle and then some, being upset at home against Eagles 62-52.  

In the loss the Tigers combined for an 25 percent shooting from the field, a program low at Mizzou Arena.  

The Tigers were led by sophomore guard Terrance Phillips, who tied for a game high 17 points on 60 percent shooting before fouling out in the second half. Phillips was the only Tiger in double digits, while the remaining Tigers combined to go 11-58 throughout the game for an abysmal 19 percent.

North Carolina Central was led in scoring by Patrick Cole, whose 17 points were one of three Eagles scorers in double digits.  

With the loss, Missouri drops to 3-3 on the season.  The Tigers will look to rebound Saturday afternoon, as the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers come to town.  Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Mizzou Arena. 

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Local Scores: Tuesday, November 22, 2016 http://www.komu.com/news/local-scores-tuesday-november-22-2016/ http://www.komu.com/news/local-scores-tuesday-november-22-2016/ Basketball Tue, 22 Nov 2016 9:56:52 PM Reese Johnson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Local Scores: Tuesday, November 22, 2016

MID-MISSOURI - Here are some scores from around the area for Tuesday, November 22, 2016:

NCAA Women's College Basketball:

Missouri 77, Indiana State 48

NAIA Women's College Basketball: 

Central Methodist 93, Mt. Mercy 76

No. 13 Baker 91, Missouri Valley 53

Women's College Basketball:

William Woods 73, Westminster 61

NAIA Men's College Basketball:

Central Methodist 90, Mt. Mercy 78

Missouri Valley 87, Baker 83

Lincoln 90, McKendree 81

William Woods 71, Haskell 69

Boys High School Basketball:

Wellsville 71, Community R-VI 51


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Mizzou men's basketball signs guard C.J. Roberts http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-men-s-basketball-signs-guard-c-j-roberts/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-men-s-basketball-signs-guard-c-j-roberts/ Basketball Wed, 9 Nov 2016 2:49:58 PM Jared Koller, KOMU 8 Digital Reporter Mizzou men's basketball signs guard C.J. Roberts

COLUMBIA- On Monday the Mizzou men's basketball program officially signed guard C.J. Roberts from North Richland Hills, Texas. 

Roberts ranked as the 96th-best prospect in the Class of 2017 by Rivals.com. The Texas Basketball Review also ranked him as the seventh-best recruit in Texas after his junior season.

A 6-0, 180-pound combo guard, Roberts led his Richland High School team to a Texas 6A State Championship appearance as a junior in 2015-16.

Roberts averaged 22.5 points per game last season, converting 52 percent of his field goal attempts. He scored 20 or more points on 13 different occasions, including three 30 points games.

The son of Catrisa and Craig Roberts Sr., Robert’s full name is Craig Roberts Jr., but he goes by C.J. 

Roberts plans to pursue a sports management degree at the University of Missouri.

The guard also considered scholarship offers from Georgia, Ole Miss, LSU, Texas Tech and Louisiana Tech.

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Mizzou basketball clinic brings community together http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-basketball-clinic-brings-community-together/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-basketball-clinic-brings-community-together/ Basketball Mon, 12 Sep 2016 12:41:44 AM Nick Yahl, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Mizzou basketball clinic brings community together

COLUMBIA - The Missouri Tigers men's and women's basketball teams held a free clinic at Douglass Park Saturday as a way to give back to the community. 

Youth from the Columbia area learned skill drills from the Tiger athletes, while also getting to interact with their favorite players. 

Missouri women's basketball director of recruiting, Willie Cox says it's important for the players to give back to the community. 

"It's a day where they will remember, okay. They get a chance to meet and greet the players, then when they see them in action on the basketball court, it really builds a relationship," Cox said. 

Missouri basketball players said it's important to give back to Columbia a community they consider their family. 

While the kids may be a long way off from living out their NBA dreams, they were able to enjoy a fun afternoon with some of their basketball idols. 

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DeMarre Carroll brings "Junkyard Dog" mindset to basketball camp http://www.komu.com/news/demarre-carroll-brings-junkyard-dog-mindset-to-basketball-camp/ http://www.komu.com/news/demarre-carroll-brings-junkyard-dog-mindset-to-basketball-camp/ Basketball Mon, 18 Jul 2016 6:46:28 PM Mark Kim, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter DeMarre Carroll brings

COLUMBIA - Former Missouri basketball player DeMarre Carroll describes his basketball camp as "gritty" and "grimy," which is fitting considering his nickname is "The Junkyard Dog."

"You gonna get sweaty, you gonna get dirty, you gonna get some bumps and bruises. That's the type of camp I want, and that's the type of camp these kids need to get to the next level they need to get to," Carroll said. 

The Toronto Raptors forward brought his "gritty and grimy" basketball camp to Columbia kids on Monday at Tolton Catholic High School. 

"We really pay attention to the kids," Carroll said. "We try to split them up in a lot of stations, do a lot of one-on-one things, and I feel like that's the difference."

Assistant coaches for the camp include former Missouri Tiger Mike Anderson Jr., Columbia College guard Pep Stanciel and Carroll's brother DeAndre Carroll.

"All of these different coaches bring a different aspect, especially things I've learned myself going from Alabama, going from Atlanta, going to Arkansas for basketball camps, etc," Carroll said. "I feel like all these coaches bring different things to this camp, and I feel like it's gonna help these kids get better."

Carroll makes it a point to come back to Columbia for his basketball camp every year. 

"Most guys in the NBA, they go to camps every so often. But I come everyday and I show up," Carroll said.

Camp assistant coach Michael Jackson said people take notice of Carroll's presence at his camp.

"He plays in the NBA so [he doesn't] really have a lot of free time," Jackson said. "He's willing to put his time in, come back year after year for the community."

Jackson said Carroll's efforts to grow the Columbia basketball community go further than just his camps. 

"He's sponsoring an AAU team here to get basketball going even bigger here in Columbia, so he's dedicating his money and time to get that going," Jackson said.

According to Carroll, he will expand his AAU team "Team Carroll" from one Columbia team to three teams in the future. 

He said the Columbia community makes him feel at home whenever he visits, which is why he gives back to it. 

"I'm a Mizzou alumni, and I bleed gold and black, and I always try to come back because this is my home," Carroll said. "This is my home away from home, so I feel like every time I come back people are welcoming me with open arms."

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Porter Jr. commits to Washington http://www.komu.com/news/porter-jr-commits-to-washington/ http://www.komu.com/news/porter-jr-commits-to-washington/ Basketball Sat, 16 Jul 2016 4:48:43 PM Marissa Rubino, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Porter Jr. commits to Washington

COLUMBIA - Five-star basketball recruit and former Father Tolton Catholic High School player Michael Porter Jr. announced Friday that he will commit to the University of Washington.

Washington hired Porter Jr.'s father, Michael Porter Sr., for an assistant coaching position back in May. Porter Jr.'s brother, Jontay Porter, Class of 2018, committed to play for the Huskies last August.

MU was one of the five school's in the Columbia native's short list and Porter Sr. previously assistant coached for the MU's Women's Basketball team. Porter Jr.'s two sisters, Cierra and Bri, both play for Missouri and have committed to remain in Columbia. Porter Jr. played three years at Tolton and helped them win a state championship last year.

247Sports recently bumped the 6-foot-9 small forward to the No. 1 spot for their Class of 2017 Top 247 rankings. Porter Jr. recently contributed 33 points to a championship win at the Peach Jam EYBL finals for his team, Mokan Elite.


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Laurence Bowers hosts basketball camp in Columbia http://www.komu.com/news/laurence-bowers-hosts-basketball-camp-in-columbia/ http://www.komu.com/news/laurence-bowers-hosts-basketball-camp-in-columbia/ Basketball Wed, 6 Jul 2016 7:08:46 PM Mark Kim, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Laurence Bowers hosts basketball camp in Columbia

COLUMBIA - Former Missouri basketball player Laurence Bowers doesn't want his basketball camp to be considered a "fun" camp. 

"I feel as if you’re going to a basketball camp, you need to learn. There needs to be some type of improvement from day one to day three," Bowers said. 

Bowers and his team of coaches are in Columbia working with local kids to hone their basketball skills. "Camp Bowers" is being held at Rock Bridge High School from Wednesday to Friday. 

"It's just my way of saying thanks to the whole city of Columbia, to the cities around that supported me during my time here," Bowers said. "And it's also a chance to just make an impact on the upcoming youth with the game of basketball." 

Former Missouri guards J.T. Tiller and Michael Dixon as well as former Tulsa guard Shaquille Harrison are helping Bowers coach the kids. 

For Tiller, he thinks camp participants are benefitting from Bowers' knowledge of basketball.

"You can tell in his skill set," Bowers said. "He knows a little bit of everything. He’s very good as an all-around player. He’s just very good at being able to touch on every aspect of the game."

Hosting a basketball camp for the community has been on the mind of Bowers, according to Bowers' childhood friend Tony Christian.

"We have been talking about it since he was in school, like what he would do after as far as coaching. So we been had it on our mind to give back to the community and help the kids," Christian said.

Bowers added he wants this camp to be an annual event. 

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Exclusive: Chris Gervino's interview with NBA champion Tyronn Lue http://www.komu.com/news/exclusive-chris-gervino-s-interview-with-nba-champion-tyronn-lue/ http://www.komu.com/news/exclusive-chris-gervino-s-interview-with-nba-champion-tyronn-lue/ Basketball Mon, 4 Jul 2016 12:27:03 AM Alex Farkas and Mark Kim, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producers Exclusive: Chris Gervino's interview with NBA champion Tyronn Lue

KOMU 8 Sports Director Chris Gervino sits down with Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue for an exclusive one-on-one interview. Lue discusses the shoutout to his hometown of Mexico, how he gives back to his local community and how he helped the Cavaliers come back from a 3-1 series deficit. 


This aired on Sports Xtra with Chris Gervino on July 3rd, 2016. 

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Mexico, Missouri shouts out Tyronn Lue http://www.komu.com/news/mexico-missouri-shouts-out-tyronn-lue/ http://www.komu.com/news/mexico-missouri-shouts-out-tyronn-lue/ Basketball Sun, 3 Jul 2016 5:19:48 PM Mark Kim, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Mexico, Missouri shouts out Tyronn Lue

MEXICO - Tyronn Lue returned to his hometown of Mexico, Missouri - not just as a NBA champion, but a champion of Mexico. 

The Cleveland Cavaliers head coach carried the Larry O'Brien Trophy into the Mexico High School gymnasium to raucous applause from residents last Saturday in a city-wide celebration known as "Tyronn Lue Home Court Day."

“Just having the city of Mexico and all of the fans, friends and family being here to support this event was unbelievable," Lue said. "For them to be able to have something like this for me…it’s just so surreal and I’m very appreciative and very honored." 

The idea of "Tyronn Lue Home Court Day" came on the night Lue gave a shoutout to Mexico during his postgame celebration. 

"We wanted to make sure his hometown appreciated him," Audrain County presiding commissioner Steve Hobbs said. "Also after getting all of the attention from the national media, we thought it was important that we showed our appreciation for what he did for our community." 

Organizers wanted to show appreciation for Lue not just on the basketball court, but in the community of Mexico. 

"Tyronn has done a significant amount of things for this community. Most of them are unknown," Mexico resident Dan Erdel said. "His fireworks display every year is well known, but the way he reaches out to kids and makes sure they have clothing, or school supplies, or swimming lessons in the city pool, or just as an illustration of his care for this community."

Even outside of his service to the community, Mexico residents appreciates the way Lue serves as a role model to children in the area.

"You can see the kids in this community look up to him, and the rest of the community does. So we want to celebrate, really, 'Tyronn Lue,' not just the coach," Hobbs said. 

The celebration of Lue included speeches from community figures, a performance from the Mexico youth choir and presentations of a honorary Mexico High School diploma and a key to the city.

"A lot of people had to do some things to make this thing possible, so there’s a lot of help from a lot of people, and I’m just very thankful for this opportunity," Lue said. 

Even after the event, Lue gave back to the community by posing for photos with the Larry O'Brien Trophy and signing autographs for more than two-and-a-half hours. 

"Well it’s just big for me, because I’ve been put in a position, blessed to be in a position where I can help people. I don’t have any kids, so I don’t have to support them, but my family comes first, my friends, and then the city of Mexico," Lue said.

"There’s nothing pretentious about Coach," Hobbs said. "We’ve known that for a long time and now the rest of the world is getting to understand what a fine young man he is."

When Lue returns to Cleveland to prepare for the upcoming season, he said he will continue to represent his hometown. 

"I am Mexico," Lue said. "That’s not going to change. I’ll always gonna come back. My family is here, my grandmother, everyone lives here. So I am Mexico, that’s what I am. I’m from here, I’m always gonna come back and I’m always gonna support the town."


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Lue to return to Mexico for "Home Court Shout Out" celebration http://www.komu.com/news/lue-to-return-to-mexico-for-home-court-shout-out-celebration/ http://www.komu.com/news/lue-to-return-to-mexico-for-home-court-shout-out-celebration/ Basketball Wed, 22 Jun 2016 10:49:04 PM Laurel Bloom, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Lue to return to Mexico for

MEXICO - Cleveland Cavaliers head coach and Mexico native Tyronn Lue will return to his hometown on July 2nd. 

The city will throw a homecoming celebration for Lue called "Home Court Shout Out."

Lue recently led the Cavaliers to the 2016 NBA championship, the first for the team in 52 years. He also won two NBA championships during his time as a player for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Lue will speak at the celebration and a children's choir from several local churches will perform. The event is free to the public.

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Show-Me State Games finish first round Sunday http://www.komu.com/news/show-me-state-games-finish-first-round-sunday/ http://www.komu.com/news/show-me-state-games-finish-first-round-sunday/ Basketball Sun, 12 Jun 2016 4:16:00 PM Alex Dostaler, KOMU 8 Reporter Show-Me State Games finish first round Sunday

COLUMBIA - The first heat of the U.S.'s largest state games will finish Sunday.

The 2016 Show-Me State Games kicked off Friday at various locations around Columbia. Competitions were held in eight different sports, including football, soccer, and basketball.

Athletes ranged from younger than 8 years old and older than 50 years old.

Many of the top Amateur Athletic Union boys and girls' basketball teams around the Midwest competed in the competition.

Southern (O'Fallon) Illinois Panthers basketball coach Cedric Cobb said the games have "really good, high-quality games in a two day's span of time."

"It's always, just great competition, awesome accommodations, and as a team, we come together real well," he added.

Cobb participated in the games during his playing days before playing at Division II Pittsburg State.

"When I was an athlete playing on the amateur level, some of the best weekends of my life were spent playing at the Show-Me State Games," he said.

The main competition will be held on July 22-24 and July 29-31.

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Missouri Basketball forward Gant leaving program http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-basketball-forward-gant-leaving-program/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-basketball-forward-gant-leaving-program/ Basketball Thu, 21 Apr 2016 4:23:50 PM Reese Johnson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri Basketball forward Gant leaving program

COLUMBIA - Missouri men's basketball rising junior Jakeenan Gant is leaving the program, Mizzou Athletics announced Thursday.

Gant, a 6'8" forward from Springfield, Georgia, averaged 5.1 points and 3.8 rebounds per game during the 2015-16 season. He was named Georgia Mr. Basketball in 2014, his senior season of high school.

According to a statement from head coach Kim Anderson, Gant will be transferring closer to home to be with his mother who has recently been diagnosed with an illness. 

In his statement, Gant expressed his appreciation for Anderson, the Missouri coaching staff and his time at Mizzou.

With Gant's departure, four players have transferred out of the program in less than two months. Forward D'Angelo Allen left in late February, while guards Namon Wright and Tremaine Isabell announced their intention to transfer in mid-March.

Coach Anderson released the following statement through Mizzou Athletics:

“Shortly after the season, Jakeenan and I sat down to discuss his future with Missouri Basketball. At that time and several other times, he confirmed his commitment to our program. In the past few weeks, his mother has developed a medical condition that necessitates his return closer to home to continue his educational and athletic pursuits. While disappointed, we certainly support his decision. Jakeenan has been a joy to coach these past two years and all of us, coaches, teammates and staff wish him the best.  We will do all we can to help in his transition.”

Jakeenan Gant released the following statement also through Mizzou Athletics:

“My time at Mizzou has been great and Coach Anderson and his staff really helped me develop as a player and person these past two seasons. I’ll miss Columbia, but feel the need to make a move with my family and mother in mind. I want nothing but the best for Mizzou in the future and appreciate the friendships I’ve made in my time here.”



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Mizzou Hoops signs new junior college All-American http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-hoops-signs-new-junior-college-all-american/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-hoops-signs-new-junior-college-all-american/ Basketball Mon, 18 Apr 2016 3:31:45 PM Joseph Gjata, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou Hoops signs new junior college All-American

COLUMBIA - Mizzou basketball added a new face to its 2016 recruiting class in the form of junior college standout Jordan Geist. Head coach Kim Anderson announced the signing of the 6-foot, 3-inch point guard from Texas on Monday.

Geist played last season with Ranger College in Ranger, Texas, and earned NJCAA All-American recognition, leading the Rangers to a top four finish at the 2016 NJCAA Division I National Championship. Geist averaged 15.1 points per game and shot 45.6 percent from the field in his freshman season.

"Jordan Geist has a winner's mentality on and off the court," Anderson said in a press conference Monday. "His ability to be another trustworthy ball handler and relentless defender for Mizzou Basketball is very important to us. Jordan is a savvy player who immediately brings solid experience and leadership to our squad. We're excited to have Jordan and his family become a part of our program."

Geist helped the Rangers finish the 2015-16 season with an impressive 35-3 record. His versatility offensively and work ethic defensively add to an increasingly more intriguing recruiting class for the Tigers.

"The atmosphere and culture surrounding Mizzou's program is very exciting to me," Geist said. "Coach Anderson and his staff treated me so well on my visit. That made me excited to be a part of the program. Playing in a great conference was also important to me. The SEC has great competition and has tough programs to play against. And I'll be getting great coaching from the Mizzou coaches. I know they'll prepare us the right way."

Prior to his successful stint in the junior college ranks, Geist was named one of the best Indiana Class 4A players. His 17 points per game in his senior season in high school propelled Homestead High School to an Indiana state championship.

"Mizzou fans will see toughness from me," Geist said. "I'm out there to win and give everything I have for Mizzou Basketball. I think the little things are the most important parts of basketball."

Geist will join Frankie Hughes, Willie Jackson, Reed Nikko and Mitchell Smith as the current 2016 recruiting class for Anderson's squad.

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Pingeton to be inducted into Quad-City Sports Hall of Fame http://www.komu.com/news/pingeton-to-be-inducted-into-quad-city-sports-hall-of-fame/ http://www.komu.com/news/pingeton-to-be-inducted-into-quad-city-sports-hall-of-fame/ Basketball Mon, 4 Apr 2016 3:49:24 PM Joseph Gjata, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Pingeton to be inducted into Quad-City Sports Hall of Fame

COLUMBIA - Mizzou women's basketball head coach Robin Pingeton will be honored as an inductee into the Quad-City Sports Hall of Fame. 

Pingeton was a dual sport athlete in basketball and softball at St. Ambrose University. She earned NAIA All-American honors in both sports, and Pingeton's school record of 2,502 points on the hard court still stands. After graduating in 1990, the Iowa native spent three seasons playing professionally in the Women's Basketball Association.

Pingeton returned to St. Ambrose after her professional career to take over the program as the head coach. She led the Fighting Bees to five NAIA national tournament appearances in eight seasons, including the Elite Eight in 1995-96 and 1999-2000. 

She will be inducted at the 35th annual Salute to Sports banquet at Bettendorf High School in Bettendorf, Iowa on May 4. Former Indianapolis Colts linebacker Pat Angerer and NBA veteran Ricky Davis are also part of the induction class.

A plaque highlighting the inductees will be added at Modern Woodmen Park, home of the Quad Cities River Bandits, a minor league affiliate of the Houston Astros. 

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Missouri Valley College named to NAIA All-American team http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-valley-college-named-to-naia-all-american-team/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-valley-college-named-to-naia-all-american-team/ Basketball Thu, 24 Mar 2016 5:40:32 PM Samantha Hoffmann, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri Valley College named to NAIA All-American team

MARSHALL — On Thursday, it was announced that Missouri Valley College's Raviel Burton had earned Honorable Mention for the 2015-2016 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball All-American team.

Burton was Missouri Valley College's second leading scorer, averaging 15.9 points per game while leading the team in rebounds with 9.1 average.

He also registered double-figures in 24 of 32 games and had a double-double in 14 of them.

His high point of the season was during the Dec. 2 game against Benedictine College with 32 points and 12 rebounds.

He is the third All-American from Missouri Valley College in the past four seasons, and the fifth under head coach Chad Lance.

Burton finished his Viking career with 1,272 points, putting him as fifth all-time for the program.

His 697 rebounds are second in the program, while his 136 blocked shots are the program's highest.

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