During the early signing period, the Missouri Tigers signed three outstanding prospects for 2013. Heading into the spring with at least one scholarship in hand, Coach Haith and company have made serious progress in the recruitment of center prospect Keanau Post 6'11" 260 Belleville (IL) Southwestern Illinois College. Post is a late-blooming center who has drawn attention from major college programs all across the country.
Keanu Post in action.
ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with Southwestern Illinois Assistant Coach Steve Campo about Post. Coach Campo said that there are 22 schools currently pursuing the big Canadian, who has been described by independent scouts as an "NBA prospect".
The list of schools that are recruiting Post includes Auburn, Cincinnati, Georgetown, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa State, Kansas, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Texas A&M, UCLA, and Washington, among others, in addition to Missouri.
"He hasn't taken any official visits to anybody," explained Coach Campo, talking about Keanau Post's recruitment. "He's been on an unofficial visit to Missouri, and an unofficial visit to Oklahoma State. He wants to take an official visit to Georgetown and an official visit to Missouri."
Neither visit has been scheduled at this time, although Coach Campo indicated that Post's official visit to Missouri could take place soon.
"He needs to see more than one school, just to be able to compare," said Coach Campo, who explained that there is no specific timetable for a decision.
According to Coach Campo, Post has been playing "about 28 minutes per game" for SWIC, and is averaging about "12 points and 10 rebounds". Coach Campo indicated that SWIC's guards are still "getting used to running our offense through our big guys". He said that there's been games where Post should have had 15-20 more touches, but their guards simply didn't give him the ball. He said that their guards are getting better at finding Post. Coach Campo said that he expects Post to have better numbers for 9-2 SWIC throughout the remainder of the season.
"This is the first time that (Keanau Post) has been the focal point of an offense," explained Coach Campo. "He's still so unselfish. He gets the ball, and sometimes he should probably just try to take it up, but instead, he passes it.………………………………….. At times, he's unselfish to a fault. He's had a very good first half, but he'll do a lot better in the second half."
Coach Campo indicated that Missouri has done a good job of recruiting Post.
"(Keanau Post) likes Coach Haith," Coach Campo had said. "He really likes Coach Haith."
ShowMeMizzou.com will have more on Keanau Post later.