College Basketball: Phil "Flip" Pressey to Stay at Missouri

Koala BearContributor IMay 5, 2011

COLUMBIA, MO - DECEMBER 08:  Phil Pressey #1 of the Missouri Tigers in action during the game against the Vanderbilt Commodores on December 8, 2010 at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Yesterday, after a tour of the Missouri student body and addressing them for the first time, Frank Haith claimed the biggest victory in his short time at Missouri. According to a MU spokesman, Haith said that both Phil—and his brother Matt—are going to stay at Mizzou for at least the next season.

Phil Pressey, coming off of a successful Freshman campaign. was expected to follow former Missouri coach Mike Anderson to Arkansas after his departure back in March, especially considering the extremely close relationship between the Presseys and Anderson. 

One problem that many people saw for Pressey transferring to Fayetteville was that, since Anderson was able to keep the very strong incoming recruiting class at Arkansas, there was not going to be a scholarship waiting for him when he wanted to transfer, so a major test of Phil's loyalty to Missouri is going to be after the next basketball season if their is any openings.

Now, with one of the major tests for Haith out of the way, the team is almost in tact. Laurence Bowers and Kim English both have their names entered in the draft but both are expected to pull their names out of consideration by the May 8 deadline.

According to many sources, there are three big recruits in Columbia this week on their official recruiting trip, including Canadian shooting guard Justin Edwards. There will also a recruit making his unofficial visit for the 2013 class—Tyrek Coger a power forward that comes out of the same AAU system as NBA all-star Chris Paul.

With three scholarships for Haith to fill for next year he will have to work fast and find some good players to fill the gap that Justin Safford, John Underwood, and Tony Mitchell (even though he never played).