Big Man Has Missouri Among His Top Two

The Missouri Tigers have targeted frount court players for their 2012 recruitng class and are among the finalists for a player who could provide some much needed help early on if he arrives at Mizzou.

The Missouri Tigers have had several prospects come in for visits over the past few weeks.   Earlier this month, Coach Haith and crew hosted junior college PF Tony Criswell 6'9" 235 Independence (KS) Community College. Criswell has also visited Auburn, and plans to visit Arkansas and Oklahoma, this month. spoke to Criswell's head coach, Patrick Nee, about the big guy's recruitment, Criswell's interest in Missouri, and his time table for making a decision.

Coach Nee reports that Criswell, who transferred to ICC from UAB, has offers from each of those four schools. Criswell spent two seasons at UAB, and played one season, after red-shirting his first year there. Coach Nee said that Criswell is expected to make a decision within the next two to three weeks, sign in November, and matriculate next June with two years to play college ball.

According to coach Nee, Criswell currently has Missouri and Auburn as "his top two schools".

"He was really excited when he came back from his Missouri trip," explained Coach Nee, speaking of Criswell. "He said a lot of really positive things. When he came back from his Auburn trip, he said a lot of the same things. ………………………. I think he's really torn (between the two) right now."

Coach Nee described Criswell as a power forward with some small forward offensive skills. He expects him to dominate this year in junior college, and believes that Criswell has tremendous potential to play professionally.

I asked Coach Nee to compare Criswell to Missouri's Ricardo Ratliffe, with whom Coach Nee said he is very familiar.

"Probably not quite as athletic as Ricardo," said Coach Nee. "But, he shoots the ball much better from the perimeter. (He's) much more of a perimeter type player, more skilled, but probably not the athlete that Ricardo is."

Coach Nee said that Criswell is a solid student, and a hard worker on the court.

"Tony's a good kid," said Coach Nee. "He's a hard worker on the court. (He's) a good teammate. As a player, he's an extremely unselfish player………………………………. He can be a role model for some of our freshmen."

It won't be long before we'll know if Criswell is headed to Missouri.

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