The latest scoops on Missouri hoops

What's happening with the Linas Kleiza recruitment? What top-scoring transfer are the Tigers currently courting? What top 10 center will be in Columbia this weekend? We will answer all in this installment of Mizzou Hoop Scoops!

So who was that bright-eyed young man was sitting behind the Missouri bench at the Centinary game?

Jason Conley

Jason Conley, who recently was granted a release by the Virginia Military Institute, took an unofficial visit to Missouri yesterday and reportedly, liked what he saw.

The 6-5 swingman lead the nation in scoring, averaging 29.9 points and 8.2 rebounds for VMI.  Conley was the first freshman to ever lead the nation in scoring at the Division One level.

Since leaving VMI, he has contacted Miami, Maryland, St. Johns, and the Tigers among others about potentially transferring.

He is a native of Chevy Chase, Md., and went to high school at Rockville (Md.) Montrose Christian (also the high school currently attended by Linas Kleiza).

Conley spent a year at Millersburg (Ky.) Military Academy after high school and later attended VMI as a partial qualifier. Conley has a form of dyslexia that has made passing standardized tests more challenging than usual.

Jason Conley goes around Tayshuan Prince last year

While VMI doesn't play the nation's toughest schedue, Conley scored impressively when he faced elite competition.  He rang up 38 points vs. Villanova and 24 points against Kentucky

It has been reported that Conley may announce a commitment as early as this week, in which case, Missouri would look very good to add this great scorer to it's lineup. 

As is the case with all transfers, Conley would have to sit out one season before regaining eligibility.

Other recruiting news:

The recruitment of Linas Kleiza continues for Missouri.  While the highly regarded PF can't sign a letter of intent until after this season, he can give a verbal commitment at any time.

It is believed by most insiders that Missouri is squarely in the lead for Kleiza.

Another top big man, this time from the 2004 recruiting class will be in Columbia this weekend. Steven Hill, 6-11, 220 lbs. from Branson, Missouri is considered by several services to be one of the top 25 juniors in the country, and one of the top 10 centers in the nation.

Hill averaged 20 points, 10 rebounds and 7 blocks per game as a sophomore.

Beside Missouri, Hill is being hotly pursued by Kansas, Arkansas, Iowa State, Iowa, Illinois and Oklahoma.

It is believed that Hill and fellow junior Kalen Grimes from St. Louis are Missouri's top two big men on their 2004 wish list.


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