Another New Name on Mizzou Hoops Radar
Baltimore native Kim English, a 6-foot-5 swingman who will spend this season at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass., was seeing a lot of the Tigers staff at his games as the summer wore on. Mizzou watched English at the Eastern Invitational – where he was named MVP of the all-star game – as well as the Reebok Classic and in Las Vegas. English and the staff have made tentative plans for an in-home visit in early Sept., and he's planning to visit Mizzou during the month thereafter.
"Coach Watkins and Coach Anderson have been in contact with me. I've probably talked to Coach Anderson twice and Coach Watkins four times," said English, who holds offers from Rhode Island, St. Bonaventure and Tennessee, along with interest from Florida State, Iowa State, UNLV and Washington State.
English is an athletic wing man who was part of teams that won three consecutive state championships at Randallstown (Md.) High. He averaged 17 points, seven rebounds and four steals as a senior last year, and has continued to develop his game. The ‘late bloomer' tag could apply here.
"I always felt overshadowed, but I'm just starting to prove it," he said.
Apparently he showed enough for the Mizzou staff to keep tabs on him at several events.
"Coach Anderson said he liked how I'm athletic, I got out into the passing lanes, stole the ball, ran the break and defended," English said. "I like the coaching staff. I like the style they play. That's the type of system I would thrive in."
Anderson hit it off right away with English's father, against whom MU's coach played junior college basketball and who was recruited by Anderson's mentor, Nolan Richardson.
"They were talking and they had some things in common," English said.
He will enroll at Notre Dame in order to make up a few credits, but shouldn't have any trouble qualifying.
"With one more credit, I'll be a full qualifier," he said.
The next month or so should tell how serious each side is about the other, and some of that probably will depend on how things go with some of MU's other targets.
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