Inside Mizzou Profile: Tay Waller

One Monday afternoon we profiled the better-known half of Okaloosa-Walton (Fla.) Junior College's dynamic duo, forward Keith Ramsey. Now we take a look at his teammate, shooting guard Tay Waller, who also has been verbally offered by Mizzou and also appears to be a recruit of strong interest for the Missouri staff.

Waller is a 6-foot-2, 190-pound jumpshooter who as a juco freshman connected on 117 3-pointers and averaged a team-high 18.4 points per game, on 45 percent shooting. He also made 55 of 61 free throws, a school-record 92-percent clip. He's being recruited by Mizzou, Kansas, UAB, Auburn, Tennessee and Arkansas, with verbal offers coming from MU, Auburn and UAB thus far.

Waller was an under-the-radar type during high school and is unaccustomed to the recruiting game. He'll take a handful of visits this fall – including one to Mizzou – before coming to a decision.

"I'm definitely going to Missouri," he said, adding that he and Ramsey will visit together; the duo has spoken about possibly playing in college together.

"We talked about it. It could happen. It's a possibility," Waller said.

Waller has been hearing from head coach Mike Anderson quite a bit recently. As we mentioned it the Ramsey update, the Mizzou coaching staff has been down to see both players quite often this summer; they were in summer school and working out all summer.

"He seems like a good coach who really wants to win, and isn't just talking. He's about what he says," Waller said. "He seems like a fun guy, easygoing."

Waller's main criteria, he said, are that he'd like to go somewhere he can play early, and somewhere he believes the players have the will to win a national title. That he's got strong Southern roots, he's not overly concerned with staying South and playing in the SEC.

"It really doesn't matter, just the best place for me," he said.

To refresh your memory, here's what OKC coach Bruce Stewart told us recently about Waller:

"He's a Big 12 or SEC player. He's one of the better two-guards in the country. His strength is more like a Reggie Miller or a Richard Hamilton, coming off screens and knocking down jumpers. He gets his shot of in a split second. He has a very, very quick release," Stewart said.

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