Mizzou Basketball Coach Mike Anderson announced the signing of three student athletes as Kadeem Green (Charlotte, N.C./United Faith), Rick Kreklow (Columbia, Mo. / Rock Bridge) and Phil Pressey (Dallas, Texas / Episcopal) agreed to play for the Tigers beginning with the 2010-11 campaign.
“We are certainly excited to have these three young men join our program,” Head Coach Mike Anderson said. “All three come from tremendous families and they are very talented basketball players. We were able to attract three guys that we identified early on in the recruiting process and that speaks volumes about the growth of the Mizzou brand. These three young guys fit our brand and we are elated that each of them wanted to become Tigers.”
A native of Columbia and the son of Mizzou Volleyball coaches Wayne and Susan Kreklow, Rick Kreklow gives the Tigers an athletic perimeter shooter for the coming years. The 6-foot-5, 185-pounder averaged 13.0 points, 4.5 assists and hit 56 three-pointers for Rock Bridge High School in 2009. The Bruins finished third in the 2009 Missouri Class 5A state championships with a 28-3 overall record.
Missouri also picked up 6-foot-9, 210 pound forward Kadeem Green of United Faith Christian Academy in Charlotte, N.C. A native of Ontario, Canada, Green was a pivotal part of United Faith’s state championship club in 2009, helping Head Coach Shaun Wiseman’s crew to a 32-5 mark in the North Carolina Independent School Athletics Association. Green averaged 11 points, seven rebounds and four blocks per game for a United Faith team that won the 1A title, knocking off Word of God Academy in the finals.
Pressey comes to Mizzou as one of America’s elite recruits. He is listed as the #16 player in America by 2K Sports and Dime Magazine and is a candidate for the McDonald’s All-America game. As a junior the 5-foot-10, 160-pound guard averaged 19 points and 10 assists a game for Dallas Episcopal. He also contributed four steals and five rebounds a night, while leading his team to a 27-5 overall mark. If the name sounds familiar it should. He is the son of 11-year NBA veteran and New Orleans Hornets assistant coach Paul Pressey. The elder Pressey was the college roommate of Anderson at the University of Tulsa and played for Nolan Richardson for two seasons at Tulsa before beginning his professional career.
Missouri wraps up their exhbition schedule with Northwest Missouri State at Mizzou Arena. Follow Mizzou basketball at MUTigers.com.