Tilmon could be start of a trend for local hoopsters

His recruitment had more turns than the Daytona 500, but it appears the checkered flag has been waved and Jeremiah Tilmon's recruitment is indeed over. 

The 6'10'' 258 pound power forward has signed a financial aid agreement to attend the University of Missouri next year. 

Tilmon originally signed with Illinois, but asked out of his scholarship when John Groce was fired and Brad Underwood was hired as the replacement.

Tilmon is from East St. Louis and when East St. Louis native Cuonzo Martin was hired at Mizzou, it seemed like a natural fit. 

He may also be the  beginning of a  trend of St. Louis area standouts making the pledge to play for the Missouri Tigers. 

After highly ranked players like Jayson Tatum (Duke), Xavier Sneed (Kansas State),  Tyler Cook (Iowa), BJ Young (Arkansas), Ben Maclemore (Kansas) and Bradley Beal (Florida) got away from the local school, it appears Martin may be bucking the trend and is in good position to land some of the area's top rated stars.

While the top two local players in the Class of 2018 have already picked colleges. Webster Groves' Carte'Are Gordon is headed to St. Louis University, while his teammate Courtney Ramey is headed to Louisville, Mizzou is in good shape with Whitfield guard Torrence Watson.

Watson, rated as the 100th best player in the class by Rivals.com, is a big time scorer.  He averaged 27.9 points a game last year, which was the most in the St. Louis area.

"They have been getting some pretty good players," Watson told me in March referring to the commitment of Columbia native, Michael Porter, jr., "it is pretty interesting that these good players are staying in Missouri, especially with me being a Missouri guy."

The Class of 2019 has a trio of prospects that are high on Mizzou's list and it appears Mizzou is high on their list as well. 

Mario McKinney is a 6'2'' guard at Vashon. If the name sounds familiar, it should. Mario is the cousin of former Mizzou player, Jimmy McKinney.  He is rated as the 64th best player in the country for the Class of 2019. 

E.J. Liddell is a 6'7'' big man at Belleville West. Lidell, who is ranked as the 90th best player in the class, figures to sky rocket up that list. Liddell dominated in a loaded Southwest Conference, averaging 19.6 points and 7.4 rebounds as a sophomore. His biggest game was a 43 point outburst in a playoff win over rival Belleville East. .

The third big time prospect is another one right out of Martin's backyard. Terrence Hargrove is a 6'6'' forward out of East St. Louis. While he has yet to grab the accolades of the other two, he will before it is all said and done. Hargrove averaged 13.4 points and 10.9 boards in his sophomore year.

While none of these guys are close to pulling the trigger on committing to Martin, it doesn't look like Mizzou fans will go through the drought they suffered through from Kalen Grimes in 2003 to Jeremiah Tilmon is 2017. 

 

© 2017 KSDK-TV


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