Mizzou Tracking Emerging 6-10 Prospect
Keith DeWitt is a 6-foot-10 forward at Charis Prep (N.C.), the same prep school that produced current MU player Justin Safford. Missouri's staff recently caught wind of DeWitt and made Charis coach Carlos Peralta aware of it's interest in the emerging junior big man.
"They are interested," said Peralta. "Whether that is the best place for him is yet to be decided.
DeWitt will likely play a combination of the ‘three' and ‘four' in college; he needs to show the ability to defend swingmen before he can be considered a true wing, though his offensive skills are already there. He averaged 16.5 points and 13 boards despite joining Charis after the season started.
"He's kind of like a guard in a big body. It's kind of hard to find a big man who can do the things he can do. He can shoot the three, he can dribble, he can do a lot of things."
DeWitt landed at Charis after hearing about the program's virtue's from a friend currently on the team. He comes from a difficult family background and is still a work in progress in terms of becoming consistent on and off the court, Peralta said. Because of that, DeWitt decided to limit his AAU play this summer and focus on a job he recently took, in addition to improving his game and taking summer course work to make up for his past upheaval academically. That may limit the number of high DI looks he receives, but that's not a concern according to his coach.
"That's not the concern. The concern is getting him into college," said Peralta, who shares a strong relationship with MU assistant coach Melvin Watkins.
Kansas, Purdue, N.C. State and UNC Wilmington have all expressed interest in DeWitt while at Charis looking at other players.
"Who is that guy," they inevitably ask Peralta.
Despite some very difficult obstacles he has had in his life, DeWitt has a good attitude and great potential on and off the court. Peralta said it remains to be seen when he'll take his visits, and whether or not Mizzou will become a serious player for his services. But someone is going to get themselves a heck of a recruit, he said.
"He's gonna make it," Peralta said. "he just has some things he has to work on."
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