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Basketball Recruiting: Just How Good Are These Guys? E-mail
Written by Turkey Tom   
Wednesday, 12 May 2010 16:06

We’ve heard this class is good, but just how good? Here’s what the major recruiting services are saying about the players in Mizzou’s 2010 recruiting class.


Tony Mitchell

6’8 220 - SF

Dallas TX, Pinkston HS

Rivals: ***** (#12 overall player, #2 SF)

Scout: ***** (#2 SF)

ESPN: ***** (#24 overall, #8 PF)

ESPN Grade: 95


  • Mitchell is making his case as the most dynamic athlete of the state's Class of 2010. The 6-foot-8 Missouri signee often plays as a man among boys.”

-Damon Sales

  • “Josh Selby, Harrison Barnes, Enes Kanter, Kyrie Irving, Brandon Knight, Perry Jones and Tony Mitchell would have been candidates to skip college and go straight to the NBA.”

–Jerry Meyer

  • Tony Mitchell was ranked as the 3rd best rebounder and 4rd best defender of the forwards in the 2010 basketball class by
  • Averaged 20.5 PPG, 13.3 RPG, and 4.4 APG this season.


Ricardo Ratliffe

6’9 225 - PF/C

Ocala FL, Ocala Junior College

Rivals: **** (#1 Overall junior college player)

Scout: ****

ESPN: *****

ESPN Grade: 95


  • This young man is a scoring machine in the paint. He is a big time athlete who runs the floor with terrific speed, jumps a second time quickly or jumps over you to score. What makes him special is that he has great physical attributes along with a soft scoring touch. He is a willing rebounder on both ends of the floor.”

–Scouts Inc. on Ricardo Ratliffe

  • Averaged 26.7 PPG, 11.1 RPG, and shot 61 percent from the field including 39 percent from three-point range.
  • Played in the NJCAA All-American game


Mizzou could have used some of Ratliffe's size and athleticism in the paint last year.


Phil Pressey

5’10 160 - PG

Dallas TX, Episcopal School of Dallas

Rivals: **** (#61 overall player, #15 PG)

Scout: **** #11 PG

ESPN: ***** (#42 overall, #9 PG)

ESPN Grade: 95


  • Ranked as the 3rd best ball handler in the 2010 PG class by
  • “Pressey knows how to keep a play alive. He continually threatens the defense with his ball-handling ability.”

- Jerry Meyer,

  • A Missouri signee, Pressey is cat quick and deceptively athletic. The 5-foot-10 point guard isn't afraid to dunk on taller defenders.”

- Damon Sales,

  • Averaged 20.2 PPG 7.3 RPG and 7 APG this season


Ricky Kreklow

6’5 185 - SG/SF

Columbia MO, Rockbridge HS

Rivals: ***

Scout: *** (#31 SF)

ESPN: **** (#75 SG)

;ESPN Grade: 88


Kreklow is a very good 3-point shooter for his size. He has good skills and is a very good passer who minimizes mistakes and shares the ball.”

- Scouts Inc.


Matt Pressey

6’2 - SG

Dallas TX, Navarro Junior College

Rivals: No Ranking

Scout: **

ESPN: ****

ESPN Grade: 84


  • “Pressey has a very diversified game, giving him the ability to wear many hats for his team. He has a good body, strength and leaping ability which gives him the ability to guard the opposing team's best player despite sometimes giving up a few inches in height. He moves his feet very well on defense and pressures the ball effectively. On the offensive end, Pressey has good ball-handling skills and uses his quickness to easily get to the rim. He also will stick the perimeter jumper from 3-point range if left alone, but he really excels off the dribble and shooting the mid-range jump shot. He also plays well in the open court, effectively finishing in transition. Pressey plays as the typical glue guy for a team, doing whatever his teams requires for a victory.”

- Scouts Inc.

  • Played in the NJCAA All-American game


Kadeem Green

6’8 185 - PF

Charlotte NC, United Faith Christian Academy

Rivals: ***

Scout: *** (#38 PF)

ESPN: **** (#64 PF)

ESPN Grade: 89


  • “Green is a very good athlete that runs the floor and can finish inside with athletic scoring moves. His great length allows him to be a factor on the glass at both ends of the floor. He scores in the post with good strength and has comfortable shooting range out to about 15 feet. He is a good enough athlete to defend both forward positions as well.”

-Scouts Inc.


Overall Class: Class Rank #6, #1 in the Big 12 Class Rank #6, #1 in the Big 12 Class Rank #11, #1 in the Big 12


  • “Led by five-star forward Tony Mitchell, the Missouri 2010 recruiting class is definitely a top-10 class. In fact, it is possibly a top-five class. Ricardo Ratliffe is considered the top post player coming out of the junior college ranks. The class also includes Matt Pressey's younger brother Phil Pressey, who is a four-star prospect. Phil Pressey is the quintessential playmaker at the point guard position. Three-star shooter Ricky Kreklow and promising combo forward Kadeem Green round out the class.”

–Jerry Meyer

My Thoughts:

Obviously, Mitchell, Ratliffe, and Phil Pressey are going to get a lot of hype and attention. And they should. That comment above about Mitchell going straight to the NBA really says something about his natural talent. But don’t sleep on the three other recruits.

The coaches went after Green early for a reason. He was committed by October and should develop into a solid contributor for the Tigers. As for Matt Pressey, the comments above speak to the type of player coaches think he can be. He’s a type of guy that every team needs. Kim English described him a lot like Zaire Taylor except better offensively. That is high praise.

Finally, with Kreklow, everyone is quick to draw comparisons to another tall, skinny, white small forward that played for the Tigers in Matt Lawrence. I think that is selling Kreklow a little short. Lawrence was a fantastic three-point shooter and a good team guy, but spot up shooting and solid effort were about all you were going to get from Lawrence (not that that is bad, he filled his role well). I’ve seen Kreklow in person and he is more athletic than you might guess. He plays tough D (not exactly Lawrence’s specialty) and seems to know what he’s doing on the basketball court. Throw in the fact that he’s been scrimmaging and hanging out with current members of the team and that only benefits his development.

Rivals and other recruiting sites have only been around for about 8-10 years, but this is easily Missouri’s best class in that time period. Then again, you never know what can happen. The 2004 class of Marshall Brown, Kalen Grimes, Jason Horton, and Glen Dandridge was supposed to be one of the Big 12’s best. Safe to say that uh… didn’t pan out.

Comments (3)
Discussion on the class
written by Turkey Tom, May 13, 2010
Anyone with any thoughts or have opinions of their own? I'd love to talk hoops class
written by Dnibbs, May 13, 2010
Ahhhhh... drink it down. Love the write up TT. The thing that this team was missing last year was points in the paint. Add Ratliff's scoring presence with T. Mitch's athletic ability, a healthy Safford, and an improved Bowers I think MU has a legitimate shot of winning the Big 12.

I also cannot wait to see the younger Pressey posterize a big man. Love seeing little dudes rise up and stuff it.
written by Slim, May 13, 2010
Love that line in the analysis for Phil Pressey: "Isn't afraid to dunk on taller defenders." Can't wait to see that.

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