Mizzou recruits shine in all-star game

Demetrius Johnson's charity basketball all-star game provided a showcase for three of Mizzou's in-coming freshmen basketball players. JP Rock provides his thoughts on the event and all three players.

Former Missouri Tiger football player Demetrius Johnson held his annual charity basketball all-star game featuring local St. Louis seniors against a team of national seniors hoop players on Saturday night. The game was highlighted by incoming Missouri Tigers Kalen Grimes playing for the St. Louis all stars along with Marshall Brown and Glen Dandridge whose national team went on to win the game.

Grimes, who seemed to be in the best shape I have ever seen him in, led Tiger recruits with a double-double while leading all scorers with 31 points. Kalen controlled the boards all night and was very aggressive on the offensive side using his combination of power and athleticism to score down low. His jump shot still needs work, but he was a beast down on the blocks throwing down nasty left-handed jams, lay ups and put backs. I think you will see him flourish in the college game. However, he still needs to work on his free throws since he will see a lot of fouls in the Big 12 with his physical play. Having both he and Kleiza in the line-up together should give Mizzou a very physical front court to match up with.

Marshall Brown was easily the most athletic player on the court and will be Missouri`s most athletic player in recent memory. If you thought Paulding was athletic or a high riser, wait until you see Brown. He wowed the crowd all night with his leaping ability on drives to the hoop and got the loudest reaction of the night from the crowd when he caught a just beyond mid-court alley oop pass from Dandridge above the box on the backboard and flushed it with authority! Marshall`s head was above the rim. He also showed that his shooting has improved as he knocked down a few three pointers including one where he was falling out of bounds on his way to scoring 18 points. Brown also did a nice job defending Curtis Muse in the post as well.

The word I would best use to describe Glen Dandridge`s play would be smooth. His play seems sometimes like it`s effortless for him as he displayed his athletic ability on a few dunks (including a reverse two handed jam) and more importantly his smooth stroke from NBA three range (he hit one 27 footer that was nothing but net) while scoring 24 points. Glen has a pretty good handle and nice passing ability and showed some good on court chemistry with Marshall Brown.

One recruit missing from the game was Jason Horton who has not been cleared to play basketball again yet while recovering from injury.

Tiger fans have a lot to look forward to with this incoming class of recruits.

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