Since taking over the head coaching position at Missouri, Frank Haith and his staff have been working hard out on the recruiting trail. On Saturday, Coach Haith received a verbal commitment from a 2012 big man who hails from territory very familiar to the first-year Missouri coach.
ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with Missouri's most recent verbal commit, in 2012 C Aaron Scales 6'9" 265 High Point (NC) High Point Christian Academy, who also plays for the North Carolina-based CP3. Scales is good friends with CP3 teammate, and 2013 Missouri commit, Tyrek Coger. Scales talked about being a Missouri Tiger.
"I like the coaches, and the style of play," said Scales, who plans to sign with Missouri in November. "I saw how Coach Haith worked with the big men (in Miami). Probably my freshman year, I'll be a rebounder, and try to be a shot-blocker, and just be a presence in the paint. They're going to work on my offensive game when I get there. I just want to get better, in college."
Scales has been playing basketball for about two years, after switching over from playing football and lacrosse. It's really only been within the past year, since his arrival at High Point Christian Academy, that he has really begun to develop his game. He's a two-handed rebounder, who likes the physical inside play that Coach Haith seems to appreciate.
"(Aaron Scales) hasn't been playing basketball all that long, but he's a great rebounder," said 2013 Missouri commit, and CP3 teammate, Tyrek Coger. "He has the body of an NBA player already. He's very big, and he's getting better like every game. He's a great teammate!"
Coger said that Scales is "bigger than me", and said that when they play together, that Coger plays the four, and Scales plays the five.
"Coach Haith saw me play at the Peach Jam," explained Scales, who described himself as a "banger" on the court. "They offered me on Thursday............................. They had been recruiting me for almost two months. I talked it over with my parents, and then I committed to Missouri on Saturday."
Scales said that he and his father are familiar with Coach Haith from watching his teams play in the ACC, and were impressed with the development of another big man from North Carolina, in Reggie Johnson, who played for Coach Haith at Miami. He's also familiar with another Missouri player from North Carolina, in Auburn transfer, Earnest Ross.
"I just can't wait to be a part of the Missouri family," said Scales, who's planning a visit to Missouri near the end of August. "And, get into the playing rotation, and just contribute to the team."
"Me and my parents are excited about me coming to Missouri," said Scales.
Scales told ShowMeMizzou.com that he has some extended family that lives in Missouri, some in St. Louis, and some in Columbia.