Update on Tiger basketball recruiting

So, where do the Tigers stand with the final group of recruits for the 2003 hoops recruiting class? Here's the latest.

Thomas Gardner

Gardner was in Columbia this last weekend and apparently had an excellent official visit.  Of course, the 50,000+ in Faurot Field who watched the Tigers pound Ball State added to the experience for TG.  The sharp shooting two guard is scheduled to receive an in-home visit from the staff on Tuesday, and could make a commitment to the Tigers at that time.  The one team that apparently has been making a very strong late push for Gardner is Kansas.

Loul Deng

The number two rated player in the nation behind phenom LeBron James is scheduled to take an official visit to Missouri on September 27th.  It was long assumed that Deng was a lock for the Duke Blue Devils, but Missouri has continued recruiting Deng very diligently.  Some insiders believe that Missouri may actually lead for Deng's services at this point.  Deng is a 6-8 power forward with the most refined big man game of any high school player in the nation.

Olumuyiwa Famutimi

It is expected that the Tigers will receive an official visit from Olu Famutimi early in October, although an exact date is unknown at this time.  It was long believed that Missouri was a clear favorite for this athletic swingman, but Arkansas, Memphis, Louisville and Michigan have all taken strong runs at Famutimi over the past couple of months.  While Gardner's game is outside jump shooting, Olu is a slasher extraordinaire.  Much like Ricky Paulding, Olu plays the game above the rim and is very comfortable in traffic.

Spencer Laurie

Spencer has reportedly received a scholarship offer from Missouri.  He is also reportedly looking at North Carolina State and several other division one schools.  Laurie is a sweet shooting point guard from Springfield, Missouri (Kickapoo).  He had an excellent summer AAU experience and drew alot of national attention.

Missouri has also been actively involved recruiting Linas Kleiza as well, but we have no updates on that situation at this time.

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