Eric Short’s Short Takes
Stefan Jankovic, I was so wrong about you.
The 6-foot-11 point-forward from Ontario showed out during Missouri’s final exhibition game against Missouri Southern, propelling the Tigers to an 86-60 win. I wrote last week that I anticipated Jankovic being redshirted due to his lack of strength and inability to find a role within the Tigers’ offense. Yeah, that’s not going to happen. On Sunday the Canadian product had no problem finding himself and led the Tigers with 20 points and a dunk that rivals any of Keion Bell’s.
Jankovic’s length makes him such a matchup problem for opposing teams. He’s quick enough to drive past his defender if he is played tight and has a reliable outside shot that demands respect. His motor on the offensive glass is what stood out to me, though. Jankovic crashed the boards on every possession and had a great acrobatic put-back layup off of a free throw. Jankovic is an inside-out player that Missouri hasn’t had in recent years and it will be interesting to see how he fits in with all of the Tigers’ quick guards, either way he has too much talent to not get minutes once the season begins.
Speaking of freshman Canadians, Negus Webster-Chan did a phenomenal job of running point with Keion Bell out due to sickness. Committing no turnovers in 28 minutes, Webster-Chan really made the most of the opportunity, didn’t try to do too much and did a great job of running the pick and roll with the Missouri front court. The Tigers need to get recruits from the great white north more often.
What’s Mike Dixon’s role going to be? Dixon’s suspension won’t go on for much longer and with this Tigers team looking so much more different than last year’s, it’s going to be interesting to see where he fits in. Coach Frank Haith said at the beginning of the season that if he had to guess on whom the Tigers’ leading scorer would be, it would be Dixon. Although that prediction will probably still hold true, how long will it take for all the Tigers to gel?
The Tigers open up there season against SIUE at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10 at Mizzou Arena.