Affair: Sharp decision surprised Mizzou, but great men still on the market | National

Here are the highlights from our weekly Mizzou chat with Post Dispatch readers.

Q: What great men are out there for the tigers now? Was it more money for Jamarion Sharp in Western Kentucky?

A: I don’t know of any concrete goals that the staff is pursuing. St Bonaventure’s Osun Osunniyi would be a great addition but Mizzou has no connection with him. He has visited Florida and Iowa State. Former Maryland/Georgetown great man Qudus Wahab would also be intriguing. The Tigers could really use some rim protection and someone to provide an inside presence. There is no indication of any common interest with these two centers.

As for Sharp, I know this much: before last weekend, Mizzou’s staff fully expected Sharp to move to Missouri. Plans for his move to Columbia were underway. Then things went quiet between the two sides on Sunday and he shocked everyone on Monday when he announced he would be staying at WKU. The staff was blind. By Wednesday, Sharp was publicly lobbying WKU fans to support the NIL collective that WKU boosters formed to help their athletes, which is perfectly legal and smart for players to encourage. (Mizzou’s main NIL collective is not yet public.)

Q: Missouri brought three high-profile quarterbacks out of the portal to convince them that this would be the best place for them to show their talent. What do you think about why everyone said no?

A: I can’t really have an opinion on anything without knowing the facts. They didn’t publicly explain why they didn’t choose Missouri. And it’s naïve to think that all three based their decision on the same factor(s). I always thought JT Daniels was a long shot. He was known to not like the idea of ​​playing in the SEC and playing against his former team (Georgia). Jayden Daniels moved to a more established program (LSU) that is two years away from winning the national championship and is now led by a more proven head coach in Brian Kelly. As for Gerry Bohanon, I’m not sure. He’s headed from Balor to South Florida. Maybe he really likes Tampa. Sure sounds like he really clicked with USF coach Jeff Scott and his staff and his offense. If he plans to play just one more season of college football to brush up on his NFL credentials, he can do that at USF.

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Yes, the SEC is a better conference than the American Athletic Conference, but maybe Bohanon didn’t really want to be up against better competition. Also, the Big 12 has become a much better defensive league. He wouldn’t necessarily play a better defense on Mizzou’s schedule. He might even play a better schedule at USF. BYU, Florida, Cincinnati, Houston, Louisville and UCF: These are some very good programs. On the other hand, he could potentially put up better numbers and show more of his skills on an offensive that produced two NFL starters in Deshaun Watson and Trevor Lawrence. How many NFL QBs has Mizzou’s offense developed?

Q: The premature question: who will be in your starting XI for men’s basketball next season?

A: The squad is not complete and is still missing a real center but if the season ended today I would go for something that looks like this:

1. Nick Honor

2. Sean East

3. D’Moi Hodge

4. Kobe Brown

5. Mo Diarra

That’s with both point guards on the floor together, which is what Dennis Gates said we’ll see this year. You can swap out Honor or East and start Hodge on the 2, then maybe put Noah Carter or DeAndre Gholston or Tre Gomillion on the 3 position.

Q: Do you think this year’s men’s basketball team will be better than last year’s team? Obviously they haven’t played, but based on past stats and the needs of the team, does the squad look any better?

A: It’s hard to win fewer than 12 college basketball games in a season unless you’re scheduling too many good nonconference teams or you’re dealing with too many injuries to overcome. That staff has yet to address the lack of roster size. I think they could afford to add another proven shooter. But the addition of two competent point guards in East and Honor could make a big difference, especially late in tight games when ball handling and decision-making are paramount. The Tigers learned that lesson the hard way last season.

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Gates believes the rest of the team will shoot better with two point guards from 3-point range because they make better shots and put the ball in more favorable shooting positions. He has studied all 11 players’ 3-point shots and believes they can all be productive shooters. We will see.

Q: How would you compare where Brady Cook is in his evolution to where Chase Daniels came in 2006, Blaine Gabbert in 2009 and James Franklin in 2011? It seems Daniels has the most gaming experience as a backup and Gabbert has the 5-star credentials. But is it fair to expect Cook to have the success that Franklin had as a first-year starter?

A: Who is Chase Daniels? I should ignore this question, but I bite anyway.

Daniels appeared as a true freshman in 10 games and attempted 66 passes.

Gabbert appeared in three games as a freshman, attempting 13 passes.

Franklin played in 10 games, attempting 14 passes and running the ball 23 times.

Then you have Cook, who has appeared in seven games in two seasons at Mizzou, attempting 65 passes and running the ball 23 times. Well, he’s a year older when it comes to being on a college campus compared to these three guys who became starters as real second graders. This will be his third year in the same offense. He threw the ball a lot more than the latter two. I wouldn’t compare him to Daniels, however, because Daniels played in more of a high-leverage situation in the 2005 Iowa game that essentially saved the season and Gary Pinkel’s job. Cook was mostly on cleanup duty until he started and played the entire bowl game — with most of MU’s starters sitting on the sidelines.

Is it fair for Cook to have Franklin’s 2011 success? That year, Franklin threw for 2,800 yards and 21 TDs (11 INTs) with a 140 passer rating and also rushed for 981 yards and 15 touchdowns. That’s almost 4,000 yards total offense. More importantly, he won eight games, defeated Texas and Texas A&M nationally, defeated rival Kansas and was MVP of a bowl win over North Carolina. That’s quite an impressive season for a QB starter for the first time in a Power Conference. High bar for Cook to surpass. But not impossible.

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Q: With the portal’s QB quest recently and the recruitment of Gabbari Johnson to QB for 2023, it almost seems like they believe Sam Horn won’t be here. How can they hold both four-star Horn and four-star Gabbari Johnson?

A: No, don’t interpret Johnson’s involvement as even remotely related to Horn’s situation. Good staffers take a quarterback every year, even if they stack four- and five-star QBs in back-to-back classes in each recruiting cycle. You get as many good QBs as you can keep the team going and let the depth take care of itself. Some will switch no matter what. You can’t make everyone happy. But losing a talented QB when they can’t win the job because there are too many talents on the list is always better than not having enough QBs to stage a contest. Mizzou took a QB in 2023 regardless of the Horn situation.

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