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April 20, 2009

With Famous gone, who's on deck?

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For months now, Jarrid Famous had looked like the top target on the Missouri radar. On Monday morning, the 6-foot-11 junior college star committed to South Florida. So where does that leave the Tigers? Here's a look at what's left for 2009.

The Tigers have two scholarships remaining. They have already signed Keith DeWitt and Michael Dixon. The most obvious needs on the roster are a big man and a wing player. There seem to be three solid prospects left that the Tigers are looking at.

Cliff Dixon: PowerMizzou.com confirmed this morning that Dixon will visit Missouri. He took a trip to Seton Hall last weekend and will see Western Kentucky and Mizzou over the next couple of weeks (we are still trying to reach Dixon to confirm the exact date of the visits).

Dixon is a 6-foot-9 forward who played at Hutchinson Community College this year.

"He's a pretty good athlete. He does a much better job facing the basket than with his back to it," said Hutch assistant Ryan Freeburg. "He plays more 15 feet and out, does a good job putting the ball on the floor, shoots the midrange jump shot. He is long and athletic and does a good job on the glass."

Dixon committed verbally to Seton Hall in the fall, but has not signed. He averaged 15.3 points and eight rebounds a game, while blocking 35 shots for the Blue Dragons this season.

"Missouri's system probably would fit him pretty good," Freeburg said. "He's not a back to the basket throw it to him and go get 25 on the blocks, that's for sure."

Martino Brock: Last week, PowerMizzou.com broke the news that Brock, who is currently at Maine Central Institute, would visit Columbia on May first. Brock has offers from Central Florida and Kent State, but made it clear the Tigers were in the lead.

"They play into my style. They play controlled chaos, get up and down, which is my strength," Brock said. "I'm a transition player and I can make plays."

Brock told PowerMizzou.com he would commit on his visit if he is offered a scholarship.

John Underwood: Underwood is the newest name on the radar, but PowerMizzou.com has confirmed through sources that Missouri coaches have expressed interest. Underwood is a 6-foot-9 forward, who is long, but thin. He averaged nine blocked shots a game as a junior at Agua Fria High School in Avondale, AZ before moving to Princeton Day Academy in Lanham, MD. At this point, Underwood is the biggest unknown on the board. At last report, he was verbally committed to James Madison, but it seems the Tigers are making a push to get involved.

PowerMizzou.com will continue to follow Tiger basketball recruiting throughout the late signing period or until the class is filled.

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