Kalen Grimes signs with Tigers

The local big man that Quin Snyder's staff coveted for the past few years signed a national letter of intent to play for Mizzou yesterday. The extended family of Tigers fans and supporters couldn't be happier.

Columbia, Mo. - Kalen Grimes, a 6-8, 260-pound forward from St. Louis, has signed a national letter of intent to attend the University of Missouri next fall, Head Basketball Coach Quin Snyder announced on Thursday.

"Kalen is a physical presence in the lane and we are excited about his strength and physicality." Snyder said. "We are pleased beyond words to have such a great young man with a tremendous family from the state of Missouri stay in his home state and be part of what we think is something very special here at Mizzou."

Under the guidance of former Hazelwood Central High School coach Chris Pilz, Grimes averaged 13.3 points, 9.4 rebounds and 4.1 blocks per contest last year as a junior. Coach Dennis Cruse has grabbed the reigns at Hazelwood for this, Grimes senior season after Pilz accepted the head coaching job the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Grimes has been ranked in the Top 70 on most recruiting services lists during the course of the recruiting process. The powerful big man chose Mizzou over Mizzou rivals Illinois and Kansas.

Grimes is ranked 45th by PrepStars.com and No. 60 by Dave Telep of InsiderHoops.com. He will be one of two Tigers on the roster from the St. Louis area in 2004-05 along with sophomore Jimmy McKinney, who graduated from Vashon High School in 2002.

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