Conley Makes It Official

The NCAA scoring leader from a year ago is switching allegiances. VMI's Jason Conley is headed to the Big 12 after making an official visit.

Tigers Land Conley

It's one thing to go out and recruit a high school player who leads his team or state in scoring. It's a totally different animal when you land a player who led the NCAA in scoring as a freshman to the tune of just under 30 points a game.

Jason Conley, a sophomore scorer at VMI, received his release from the school, visited Missouri on Monday and committed to the Tigers on Thursday.

"I've been a fan of Coach Snyder and the program for two years," Conley said Thursday from his home. "I love how they play and how they get up and down. I want to play in the Big 12 and he's a great coach. He's got a great reputation and I think he's a good guy."

Conley loss will be felt in a big way, obviously, by the Keydets who are 5-7 on the year. "I had a great experience. VMI, I have to give them full credit for that. I just thought that there was a point in my career that I wanted to play at top notch level and wanted to step my game up and see what I could do with it."

Conley is averaging 22 points a game this year, but he'll never forget last year's special season when he became the first freshman in the history of the NCAA to lead the country in scoring. "I'm proud to look back on last year and say that I led the country in scoring. Nobody can ever beat that, but they can tie it. It's a big honor but it's in the past and I have to go forward from here. I have to improve parts of my game that were weak. I'm proud of the past and excited about what's in the future."

For those fans in Missouri who have heard the name but don't know the game, he's how he characterizes himself. "I'm a slasher, shooter and a penetrator. I love to pass and I take a lot of pride in defense. I want to be known as a defensive player. Everyone gives me credit for the points, but I took a lot of pride in the steals and defense. I'm a transition guy who loves to get out on the break and get a dunk."

His first chance to throw one down in a Missouri uniform, provided the schedule works out, could come against Illinois in the annual "Braggin' Rights" game.


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