I mentioned in a thread talking about in-state basketball recruiting in the Roar Room that there was a great deal of young talent coming through the state of Missouri over the next 4-5 years. And how the basketball Tigers had a chance to field a highly competitive team if they could land the majority of those players.
Missouri head coach Kim Anderson is wasting no time getting the jump on some of those players, as he and his coaches offered five prospects in the class of 2018 in the state since the beginning of May.
Columbia (MO) 6'8" 215 F Jontay Porter, St. Louis (MO) Vianney 6'8" 245 C/F Carte'Are Gordon, St. Louis (MO) Whitfield 6'4" 185 G/F Torrence Watson, St. Louis (MO) Webster Groves 6'1" 175 PG Courtney Ramey and Sikeston (MO) 6'3" 195 SG Fred Thatch have all received offers from the Missouri Tigers in the past week plus.
Ramey and Thatch have been basketball phenoms since the 5th-6th grade, and have been on top middle school and AAU lists the past few years.
Courtney Ramey is a slick point man who handles the ball extremely well and can score and run a team and distribute the ball where it is needed. He averaged 7.7 points per game and 3.5 rebounds in varsity action for the Statesmen. He also has an offer from Kansas State. He plays for Jets-Ramey AAU team.
Thatch is a very strong and athletic slasher, who gets to the hoop to score, including for some highlight reel high flying dunks. Thatch, who has also been a standout football player coming up, is very strong on the defensive end and with rebounding. He is having a strong AAU season with the St. Louis Eagles.
Big Carte'are Gordon showed up on everyone's radar screen as an 8th grader with his impressive size and basketball skills. Gordon continued his strong play his freshman year at Vianney averaging 15 points per game and 8 rebounds. He uses his size well and is a strong post player with a lot of skill for his age. Gordon already has offers from Illinois and Kansas State. He plays for Jets-Ramey AAU.
Watson is another athletic wingman who can shoot the ball well. He shot 63% from three as a freshman at Whitfield, while averaging 16.8 points per game. Torrence has really had a strong spring on the AAU circuit, gaining the attention of many colleges already. Watson also already has offers from Kansas State and Illinois.He plays for Jets-Ramey AAU team.
Porter is the younger brother of 2017 MIzzou target and high school teammate Micheal Porter. Jontay is already on the radar of multiple colleges who are recruiting Michael. He is an athletic prospect who can do it all, including play defense. He is expected to grow to 6'9" of 6"10" by his senior year. Porter plays for MOKan Elite AAU.
The Tigers are hoping to get some home cooking and clean up with this in-state fab five in the 2018 class.