Two junior college players commit to Missouri
One of the nation’s highest-rated junior college men’s basketball players has verbally committed to Missouri.
A childhood friend of Ricardo Ratliffe, a 6-foot-8 226-pound forward from Central Florida Community College, told the Missourian on Sunday night that Ratliffe has verbally committed to play for the Tigers after visiting MU this weekend. Sterling Sanders, who attended the same high school as Ratliffe in Hampton, Virginia, said Ratliffe told him Sunday that he had committed to Missouri.
PowerMizzou.com first reported Ratliffe’s verbal commitment, along with the commitment of another junior college player – Matt Pressey from Navarro Junior College in Corsicana, Texas. Pressey also visited MU this weekend, according to PowerMizzou.com. He is a 6-foot-2 guard and the older brother of Phil Pressey, a high school senior who signed his letter of intent to play at Missouri in November of last year. Matt and Phil’s father, Paul Pressey, was an NBA player for 10 years.
Multiple posts to social media Web sites by Missouri players and graduate assistant Michael Anderson Jr. allude to the commitments. Ratliffe and Pressey cannot official sign with Missouri until Wednesday, the start of the NCAA’s spring signing period.
If Missouri adds Ratliffe and Pressey, two current players will be leaving the Tigers because Missouri would need to free up two scholarships. Sophomore Miguel Paul posted the following on his Facebook page: I love my fans, mizzou fans, and the team. God knows they are like my brothers but its time for me to move on to a better opportunity for my family and I. I wouldn’t trade or take back nothing from these last two years. I will always be a tiger GOOD LUCK MIZZOU (MIZ – ZOU)
Rumors on internet message boards over the past week suspected Paul and freshman Tyler Stone would be transferring.
By: Alex Ruppenthal