While the football team–still in season, I might add–is in Manhattan, Kansas, this weekend, it's the men's basketball team that is getting all the big headlines at Mizzou.
The Tigers' opponent Friday night at Mizzou arena? Northwest Missouri State.
But that's not what all the buzz is about.
Rumor has it from multiple sources that No. 15 overall 2010 prospect Tony Mitchell will be in attendance to take in Missouri's second exhibition game of the season, and if it's anything like the first, Mitchell should like what he sees.
As one of the most athletic forwards in the Class of 2010, Mitchell would seemingly fit perfectly in a system that ran up almost 100 points on Truman State last week and held the Bulldogs to ONE field goal in the second half.
The up-and-down, free flowing system would fit Mitchell's skill set like a glove.
Maybe there's more to it, but the logic is pretty simple to me. Missouri and Mike Anderson sent a much less gifted and athletic DeMarre Carroll to the NBA in the first round last season. And he only got to spend two seasons in Anderson's "40 Minutes of Hell" system. Put the even more amazing Mitchell in that same system, and I think the wonders will shock you.
Frankly, I'd be surprised if Mitchell didn't commit this weekend to Mizzou. His stated top three are Georgetown, North Texas, and Missouri. In the last three weeks, he has visited the other two favorites and NOT committed. You do the math. This could be the biggest weekend for Missouri basketball recruiting in years.
Side Note: There's ANOTHER rumor, though much less solid, that 2011 Top Five prospect Bradley Beal will also be in Columbia to take in the weekend's festivities. If that's true, and the Tigers get two Top 20 recruits (albeit in different classes) on campus in the same weekend, that's elite status.
Good players like to play with other good players, so Mitchell committing could have a monstrous sway on Beal. Beal's the type of player that is so good that he can commit whenever he so chooses. But having a good experience in one of his earlier visits to CoMo would definitely help the Tigers' chances.