VanLeer started 13 games as a junior last season and averaged 2.4 points per game before tearing his ACL against Arkansas in March.
Coach Cuonzo Martin also discussed Cullen VanLeer’s rehab strides, Jeremiah Tilmon’s diversifying game and more with local media on Tuesday.
Jontay Porter’s versatility will bring about challenges in how and when Cuonzo Martin uses his assets in 2018-19 — Case study, Xavier Pinson.
Porter Jr. becomes Missouri’s highest NBA draft pick since 2002 with Denver's selection.
After declaring for the draft in April, the SEC co-sixth man of the year won’t hire an agent and will return to the Tigers for another season.
The Tigers will take on Kennesaw State in the first round of the pre-Thanksgiving tournament, with former conference rival Kansas State potentially waiting in the final.
Evansville transfer Dru Smith pledged to Missouri on Friday morning, but major target Courtney Ramey later announced his commitment to Texas.
Missouri was one of four schools in the coveted point guard's final cut, along with Texas, Louisville and Oklahoma State.
Smith will sit out next season then be eligible to play two years for the Tigers.
Watson said playing for his AAU team alongside two fellow Missouri newcomers helped prepare him for a potential four-perimeter-man style.
Painter and Martin once coached together at Purdue and were teammates there years earlier when Weber was an assistant coach.
Smith, who announced on March 5 he would transfer from Illinois, will have to sit out the 2018-19 season.
Louisville, who Ramey had formerly been committed to, stepped back from his recruitment on Monday after Ramey announced his final 10 schools last Thursday.
Porter won’t hire an agent, leaving him until May 30 to finalize his decision.
Missouri’s most coveted recruit in years will forgo a second season with the Tigers despite appearing in just three games at the collegiate level.
After a season in which the team’s roster was constantly changing, uncertainty reigns regarding who will stay, who will go and what new assets Missouri will add this offseason.
A 22-point halftime deficit proved to be too much for the Tigers to overcome in Nashville.
Michael Porter Jr.’s return proved to be more untimely than anything.
Even with increases in ranked teams from a year ago, the SEC’s record against top-25 competition this year will be working against it through the madness of March.
The Tigers will meet Florida State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Nashville, Tennessee, on Friday, but with Jordan Barnett suspended, they’re more depleted than ever.