Mizzou Hoops Staff Makes Big Move on English

If there was any question about the interest level Mizzou's basketball staff has in Notre Dame Prep (MA) wing guard Kim English, it was erased this week when head coach Mike Anderson and assistant Melvin Watkins flew from Missouri to English's parents home in Baltimore, and then jumped on another plane to Massachusetts to watch the 6-foot-6 sharpshooter work out.

"It went really well, actually. Coach Anderson and Coach Watkins came in and watched me practice and I shot the ball really well," English said.

English, who has emerged as a target for MU relatively recently, seems to have shot up the board. The staff loves his three-point shooting and the potential he has on defense because of his length. This was the first time he'd met Anderson, and it couldn't have gone much better.

"He was nice. Just a quality guy, straightforward. Others will tell you what you want to hear, he tells you what you need to hear," said English, who averaged 17 points, seven rebounds and four steals at Randallstown High (Md.), where he was part of teams that one three consecutive state championships.

"He told me Missouri was really the place for me to be, that I would have a chance to come in and start, and that they don't have any players who can shoot like me," he said. "He said this class is going to take up half of their scholarships, that they're going to have six guys, and that me and [verbally committed Florida point guard] Miguel Paul will play really well together."

Anderson's meeting with English's father, with whom he shares his name, was not the first between the two men. They played against each other in the junior college national championship game in 1981, when the elder English was at Baltimore City Community College. Anderson's eventual mentor, Nolan Richardson, was at the game to recruit Anderson and caught a glimpse of English.

"He started recruiting him, but it didn't come through because my dad went straight to working instead of basketball," English said. At the meeting this week, "My dad told him, next time, bring basketball [gear] so we can play.

"He's always loved coach Anderson. They just talked about old times," he said.

Anderson made quite an impression on the younger English as well.

"He told me I'll have an opportunity to play a major role for a team that goes to the national championship, and wins it," he said. "That's what he kept stressing, that he will win a national championship."

English is working now to fine-tune his ballhandling. Teammate Ryan Allen, the younger brother of former Oklahoma State star and current NBA player Tony Allen, has been teaching him a few of his brother's moves.

"I've been working on my ballhandling all day, every day, adding new dimensions to I'll be tougher to guard,' English said.

His list of schools has taken a new shape as well; Miami and Tennessee have dropped off, while Seton Hall has jumped into the mix. He'll visit Cincinnati Sept. 22, Rhode Island Sept. 28, and will most likely come to Mizzou on Oct. 20, the weekend of the Texas Tech football game. If that doesn't work with his schedule, he'll come for Midnight Madness instead.

English is taking it slow, and said even if a school blows him away he's unlikely to commit until he takes all of his visits. What is he looking for in a school?

"Just a home-like atmosphere, somewhere where I have a chance to come in and play, but I don't want anyone promising me anything, saying I'll definitely be able to start," he said.

InsideMizzou.com will keep you updated on English, as well as all of the rest of the hoops recruiting, football recruiting and football news…

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