Knollmeyer Unsure About MU
So, when the University of Missouri offered him a basketball scholarship after a 2004 summer camp, he jumped at the chance.
"I always liked Missouri, and the offer was there, and I just thought I'd take it," Knollmeyer said.
It seemed he had it all going for him: size, skills and a spot as a Tiger.
But, after committing to MU before his junior season, Knollmeyer transferred to Linn High School from Helias in Jefferson City for his senior year. Many people wondered why.
"We had a tragedy this summer in our family," he explained. "Our house burnt down just right after the Fourth of July. And, trying to make the best of the situation, I came back home here to go to school."
The fire forced a change of schools, but not his game, which is something Linn Coach Ryan Robertson appreciates.
"All of a sudden, you get a 6'9" kid that weighs 250 pounds come in with his talent," said Robertson. "Things have done a 180. You have a guy that's going to rebound 13 a game. You have a guy that can step out and shoot. That's going to change any program, and he's definitely done that."
Because he didn't sign with Missouri last fall, Knollmeyer is not sure if he'll play college or prep school basketball next year.
Wherever he plays, there's no question his size and talent are ready for post-high school hoops.