Category Archives: Missouri Men’s Basketball

A midsummer’s look at Mizzou basketball’s newcomers

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Darren Hellwege, Sports Commentator

Women’s basketball

Summer workouts continue as the Missouri Tigers women’s basketball team prepares for the 2014-2015 season. Coach Robin Pingeton’s club will try to improve on last year’s 17-14 record and second consecutive WNIT appearance. While Bri Kulas’ graduation leaves big shoes to fill, the Tigers welcome four new players to the team. One is a junior college transfer, another a transfer whose required year off the court is finished, and two are among the outstanding high school players from Missouri of the last few years. Here’s a look at the newest members of the team:

Juanita Robinson (junior college transfer) — 4-star recruit and ranked in top 100 nationally by ESPN out of high school. Originally signed with Ohio but ended up instead at Johnson County Community College, the same school as Bri Kulas. Junior College All-American, averaged 11 points Read more of this post

Men’s basketball coach Anderson set to make up to $2.45M

By The Associated Press

COLUMBIA — New Missouri basketball coach Kim Anderson is getting a hefty raise at his alma mater after making the jump from Division II Central Missouri.

Anderson will receive a $300,000 base salary and $1.1 million in guaranteed money annually. He’ll get an additional $100,000 for each 20-win season that leads to an NCAA tournament berth; an extra $100,000 if named national coach Read more of this post

Johnathan Williams, III looks to become leader for Mizzou basketball

By Mike Losch

Johnathan Williams III grabs one of his 15 rounds in the game against UCLA on Dec. 7, 2013. Williams also scored 10 points in the game.

Johnathan Williams III grabs one of his 15 rebounds against UCLA on Dec. 7, 2013. Williams also scored 10 points in the game.

Missouri did not finish the season the way it was hoping to. The Tigers missed the NCAA tournament and lost in the second round of the National Invitational Tournament, but there was one freshman that showed the future may have good things in store. Michael Losch tells us how Johnathan Williams is looking to make his mark at Missouri.


Johnathan Williams collected 227 rebounds and denied 57 shots his freshman year. If he stays all four years and continues at his current pace, this is where he would fall in Missouri basketball history.
Arthur Johnson 1,083 Arthur Johnson, 245
Doug Smith, 1053 Johnathan Williams, 228
Steve Stipanovich, 984 Laurence Bowers, 157
Derrick Chievous, 979 Steve Stipanovich, 149
Bill Stauffer, 964 Doug Smith, 129
Johnathan Williams, 908 Travon Bryant, 119

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Missouri basketball players are NBA draft prospects

By Daniel Shapiro

The NBA playoffs are in full swing, but as more teams fall out of the playoffs, more NBA fans begin to look towards the 2014 NBA Draft. This year’s draft has been highly anticipated with a large number of players expected to become franchise players and all-stars.

The Missouri basketball team has two players that expect to be drafted — the dynamic backcourt of juniors Jabari Brown and Jordan Clarkson. Both bring different tools to the table; Brown brings quick, efficient shooting while the 6-foot-5 Clarkson is a good size for a point guard and has playmaking skills based around his ability to drive to the basket. After Missouri’s late season collapse, both went from projected first round picks to second rounders*, though both still expect to get drafted.

*Without the NBA lottery set and Clarkson and Brown’s status as likely second round picks, only each team’s second round picks will be listed.

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Moving forward with Missouri men’s basketball

Slide1By Cody Mroczka and Michael Losch

Much like the men’s regular season, Missouri’s offseason was filled with uncertainty when Frank Haith suddenly resigned in April.

With Jabari Brown and Jordan Clarkson, Missouri’s leading scorers, declaring for the NBA Draft, the Tigers will need to restructure its roster from within. KBIA Sports reporters Cody Mroczka and Michael Losch breakdown what Missouri lost, and what the future could bring with new coach Kim Anderson.






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Anderson thankful to be “back home”

By Cody Mroczka

A fan greets Kim Anderson, right, at the event announcing his new job as Missouri's head men's basketball coach. Anderson has deep roots with Missouri basketball, including as a player and an assistant coach.

A fan greets Kim Anderson, right, at the event announcing his new job as Missouri’s head men’s basketball coach. Anderson has deep roots with Missouri basketball, including as a player and an assistant coach.

COLUMBIA – Kim Anderson couldn’t find the words.

What does one say after accepting their “dream job?”

If you’re Kim Anderson, Missouri’s new basketball coach, you thank the people who got you this far. You thank your family for sticking with you from coaching job to coaching job. You thank the people at Central Missouri who gave you your first head-coaching job.

Kim Anderson

Kim Anderson

You thank the University of Missouri and Norm Stewart who recruited you to play here in the mid 1970s and brought you onto his staff after your professional playing career was over.

You thank Athletic Director Mike Alden and the Board of Curators for bringing you back home and giving you the opportunity that didn’t seem like it was ever going to come after they passed on you three times.

Maybe that’s why it was hard for Kim Anderson to find the right words as he stepped in front of hundreds of fans, reporters, alumni and colleagues in the Great Room of the Reynolds Alumni Center on Tuesday.

The 58-year old Sedalia native fought back tears talking about what this job meant to Read more of this post

Response to Anderson hiring varied, but Alden needs a winner…soon

Commentary by Darren Hellwege

New Missouri men's basketball coach Kim Anderson answers questions at his announcement ceremony on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at the Reynolds Alumni Center in Columbia, Mo. Anderson replaces Frank Haith who took the head coaching position at Tulsa. Photo by Mike Losch.

New Missouri men’s basketball coach Kim Anderson answers questions at his announcement ceremony on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at the Reynolds Alumni Center in Columbia, Mo. Anderson replaces Frank Haith who took the head coaching position at Tulsa. Photo by Mike Losch.

The University of Missouri’s hire of Kim Anderson to be the next head coach of the Tigers men’s basketball team has raised a fascinating reaction within the diverse…some might say schizophrenic…Mizzou fan base. There are those weeping black and gold tears of joy. There are those on the verge of riot. A decision meant to assuage part of the Missouri fan base that has been among Mike Alden’s prime critics could seriously damage his future at the school if it doesn’t work out.

What do we actually know? Very little. We know Kim Anderson went to school at MU, played for Norm Stewart, is from the state, and really really really loves the Tigers. We know he’s never been a head coach at the Division I level and had last been an assistant at this level 15 years ago. But there’s more to this. Let’s explore some of the main questions.

Q: Why Kim Anderson?
A: First and foremost, he’s a winner. It doesn’t matter if you’re at East Tumbleweed State, a career record of 274-95 in his years at University of Central Missouri, three final fours and a national championship says this guy knows how to coach. He’s recruited excellent basketball players, taught them the game to make them better, and managed them to victory on game day. He was an assistant in the Big 8 for 11 seasons, was on the bench for two league championships including a team that Read more of this post

Mizzou Selects Anderson To Lead Basketball Program

By Cody Mroczka

COLUMBIA – For the first time since Norm Stewart, a former player will lead the Missouri men’s basketball program.

On Monday, the University of Missouri announced that Kim Anderson, 58, will replace Frank Haith, who left for Tulsa last Friday. Anderson arrives in Columbia after winning the 2014 NCAA D-II National Championship at Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo. Anderson lead the Mules to 274 wins, five conference titles and two NCAA Final Fours since taking over the program in 2002.

“We are pleased and excited to have Kim Anderson leading our program,” Alden said. “He’s a man of great character, integrity and respect.  He has demonstrated the ability to mentor young men on and off the court, academically and Read more of this post

Haith leaves Mizzou, excited for chance to build program at Tulsa

Missouri begins search for new men’s basketball coach

By The Associated Press

TULSA, Okla. —Tulsa hired Frank Haith of Missouri as its men’s basketball coach Friday, landing a major-conference coach to lead the Golden Hurricane’s transition from Conference USA to the American Athletic Conference this summer.

The 48-year-old Haith said the move came quickly: He was contacted Thursday and was particularly interested by Tulsa’s upcoming move to the home of national champion UConn and teams like Memphis and Cincinnati.

“It’s truly a blessing,” Haith said. “There’s no question that Tulsa’s move into the American Athletic Conference was a Read more of this post

Missouri Coach Frank Haith To Become Tulsa Coach

Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith during an exhibition game on Oct. 29, 2012, at Mizzou Arena. Haith is in his second year at Missouri. Photo by Karen Mitchell

ESPN is reporting that Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith shown here during an exhibition game on Oct. 29, 2012, will be the next men’s basketball coach at Tulsa.

By Michael Losch and Cody Mroczka

COLUMBIA – Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith has reached a verbal agreement with Tulsa to become the next head basketball coach, according to ESPN basketball insider, Jeff Goodman.

Reports from multiple media outlets began circulating this afternoon saying Haith had emerged as a front-runner to replace Danny Manning, who accepted the coaching position at Wake Forest. He coached the Golden Hurricane to the NCAA tournament this season.

According to Frank Cusumano of KSDK television in St. Louis, Haith called a team meeting with players at 2:45 p.m. But Gabe DeArmond of Power Mizzou reported that Haith did not tell his players he was leaving.

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