As the November signing period approaches, the Missouri Tigers have been working hard on the recruiting trail. And, Coach Haith and company have made serious progress in the recruitment of center prospect Keanau Post 6'11" 260 Belleville (IL) Southwestern Illinois College. Post, who is from Victoria (BC), is a classic late-blooming big man. And, his junior college coach, Jay Harrington, says Post has NBA potential.
"He definitely has NBA potential," explained Coach Harrington, who also coached current NBA player, Josh Harrellson.
Post has offers from Auburn, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Texas A&M, in addition to Missouri. And, Post has drawn interest from Georgia, Illinois, and Kansas, among others.
"I know that (Post) really likes Missouri," said Coach Harrington, who confirmed that Post has a Missouri offer. "But, he's taking his time."
Post was planning to visit Missouri last week, but a last-minute classroom assignment caused him to postpone his Missouri visit.
ShowMeMizzou.com also spoke with Southwestern Illinois Assistant Coach Steve Campo about Post. Coach Campo said that Post had been considering signing in November, but that he has recently decided to wait until the spring to sign.
"(Keanau Post) likes Coach Haith," said Coach Campo. "He really likes Coach Haith. He just doesn't know him well enough, yet."
Coach Campo indicated that Post wants to take his time in building a relationship with the coaching staff, and in becoming comfortable with the program.
"He wants to develop a trusting relationship with the coach," explained Coach Campo, delineating Keanau Post's criteria for choosing a school. "He wants a coach that can develop him. And, he wants to get an education."
"Keanau Post is a phenomenal human being," summarized Coach Campo. "He is very committed to his team. He is very committed to his education. And, he is very committed to his family. The kid cares about what he does, and what choices he makes in his life."
Coach Campo also pointed out to me that the latest scouting report from Jerry Mullen has Keanau Post slotted as a "high major college and NBA prospect".
"(Keanau Post) is a true center," said Coach Campo. "And, he's not delusional about what his position is. Whereas some kids want to be a center and play on the perimeter a little bit or move away from the basket, he understands that his strength is to play around the basket, and bury guys under the rim, and just play big and strong. For a kid his size, he's very athletic. He's very quick side to side and up and down...………………………………………. He's very promising in the direction that he is going, both offensively and defensively."
Post arrived at SWIC a little more than a year ago from Westwind Prep Academy in Phoenix (AZ), but it wasn't until the second semester that he really got going on the court. And, he's really improved during this past off-season.
Coach Campo intimated that Missouri is at the top of the list for Post, with Iowa State also prominent in the picture for the big Canadian.
"Missouri's done a great job of recruiting him," continued Coach Campo. "But, Keanau just doesn't have enough information (at this time) to comfortably make a decision."
At this point, it appears that Missouri will continue to build that relationship with Post in the hope of signing him in the spring.
ShowMeMizzou.com will have more on Keanau Post later.