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Mizzou MBB and WBB sign players to 2020 class

Andrew Kauffman


The Mizzou men's basketball team signed one player to its 2020 class on Wednesday afternoon.

Jordan Wilmore will play for the Tigers. The 7-foot-3 center played at Whitehaven High School in Memphis, Tenn.

"I chose Mizzou because of how real and genuine Coach Martin and his staff are," Jordan Wilmore said in a release. "They did not try to sugarcoat anything, and they were honest with me about my development and where I need to be to become a great basketball player. They've welcomed me home, and I feel like I've arrived home at Mizzou."

Rivals ranks him as a two-star prospect. Wilmore also had offers from Jacksonville State and Southern Utah.

"Jordan has great length and a good feel for the game," Head coach Cuonzo Martin said in a release. "He is disruptive defensively protecting the rim and excellent on the glass, and will be a solid back-to-the-basket big for us. Jordan is a high-character guy, whose passion to be great at this level fits our program well."

Meanwhile, the Mizzou women's basketball team signed two players on Wednesday. Jayla Kelly and Sara-Rose Smith both signed a national letter of intent to play for the Tigers.

"We couldn't be more excited to have Jayla and Sara-Rose joining our family," Head coach Robin Pingeton said in a release. "They are not only talented players, but are high character individuals who we know will be a great addition to our program. We know the future is bright for both of them, and we are so grateful that they chose to come be a part of what we're building at Mizzou."

Kelly is a four-star prospect from Chesterfield, Mo. The 6-foot-3 center averaged 12.4 points, 11.8 rebounds and 2.9 blocks as a junior at Parkway Central High School.

Kelly is is the No. 2 ranked player in Missouri. She chose MU over several schools, including SLU, Purdue and Northwestern.

"Mizzou gives me a sense of home," Jayla Kelly said in a release. "I feel that within this culture, I can pursue excellence on and off the court. I'm more than excited to sign with the Tigers."

Mizzou also signed Sara-Rose Smith. The 6-foot-1 guard is from Australia. In 2018, Smith was a part of a team that won the U18 Australia Junior Championship. She averaged 9.2 points and 8.2 rebounds for Victoria Metro.

"I am so excited to be given the opportunity to begin the next chapter of my academic and basketball career at Mizzou," Smith said in a release. "Coach Pingeton, the coaching staff and the team at Mizzou made me feel at home from the moment I stepped on campus, and the energy and buzz around the team was something I cannot wait to be a part of. I am super proud to be able to call myself a Tiger."

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