MU Commit Kimmie English is Blowing Up
The answer, in simple form: Hard work, and lots of it.
"My worth ethic definitely stepped up another whole notch," said English, a 6-foot-6 wing guard who sent his Letter of Intent to Missouri last week after long being ignored by scouts and recruiters. "I'm definitely a late bloomer, but my game has also improved. Before I would play well in front of a bunch of coaches and then not play so well. Now I'm consistent."
And consistently excellent, at that. English is averaging 20 points and six rebounds per game as a post-grad student at Notre Dame (Mass.) Prep, including an outstanding performance recently at a national prep showcase featuring some of the top prospects in the nation. English scored 30 points against Hargrave Military (Va.) and 21 against Fork union (Va.), earning glowing reports from several national scouting experts, including InsideMizzou's Eric Bossi and Scout.com National Recruiting Director Dave Telep.
"After a pedestrian first half (1-4 FG), the Missouri signee exploded in the second half for 19 points to finish with 21. He shot 8-14 overall from the floor and he'll be a guy the Tigers can rely on for buckets. He's got a scorer's walk, a solid 6-5 body and that semi-swagger guys who know how to find the bottom of net carry themselves with," Telep wrote.
"Chalk up 30 more points for the guy who will be needed in Columbia next season. The Missouri Tigers deserve credit for identifying him early and beating the posse to the prospect."
Explains English: "I took that opportunity to prove to the world that I'm on the same level as all of those quote-unquote ‘ranked' guys."
The Tigers staff uncovered a real gem in English, who is a solid character kid in addition to a quickly improving player, and the staff has continued to maintain a strong relationship with him.
"I spoke to coach ‘Z' [Zimmerman] a few days ago, I talk to coach Watkins about twice a week and I talk to coach ‘A' [Anderson] once every few weeks," English said. "They just tell me to keep working and be ready."
He's doing exactly that, following a strenuous weightlifting regimen in addition to making 200 3-pointers every day. The Mizzou staff expects him to come in and contribute immediately as a wing scorer and versatile athlete and defender.
English has not had a chance to watch the Tigers play yet, so he's excited to watch the CBE Classic this week while at home on vacation on his father's newly purchased Season Ticket package. He's noticing that the folks at home seem to be a lot more excited about him and his future than they were while he was playing his high school ball at Randallstown (Md.) High.
"It's definitely been a jump in attention," he said.
He's also been trading online messages with fellow MU recruits Keith Ramsey and Laurence Bowers.
"We're eager to get in there in June and began building our chemistry," he said. "We're ready."
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