While the Tigers had a big number of potential football recruits in town for their homecoming game against Oklahoma, at least one big name basketball recruit was on hand for homecoming weekend and was impressed not only by the Missouri football victory, but also by the Tigers open gym basketball practice.
Raytown (MO) South 2013 F Ishmael Wainwright 6'6" 215 was on hand and got to take in both the football and basketball programs.
Wainwright, who is a standout in both sports, but did not play football this year and will play it next fall, spoke to ShowMeMizzou.com about his weekend in Columbia (MO).
"I have family up here so I got to spend the whole weekend", said Wainwright. "I had a great time with it being homecoming and all the people here, plus ESPN Gameday and all the stuff going on. I went to the open gym and watched the team practice. They looked really good. I hung out with some other players watching like Diego Tyson (Raytown South 2013), Manuale Watkins Columbia Rock Bridge (2013) and Travis Jorgensen (Columbia Rock Bridge 2013)who were there watching.Then I went over to the game and got to watch it with some of the players that I know. I had a great time. We all went on the field at the end of the game."
Ishmael is a fan of both Missouri programs, and thought about being able to play both sports should he come to Mizzou.
" Man, those football players are big. I thought I was good size, but being down there next to them was something. Still, I thought about what it would be like to play football here when I was watching the game. It's something I have thought about. I really like the why coach Anderson's team plays. That's my style. I also like the football teams offense and think that would be a lot of fun", added Wainwright, who plays a TE/WR role in football at Raytown South.
Expect to see Wainwright around Columbia a few more times this year at possibly both football and basketball games.
"It's like home up here to me. I will be back a lot more."
ShowMeMizzou.com will continue to follow Ishmael Wainwright's recruitment and sophomore season.