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Frank Haith has yet to win a NCAA Tournament game at the University of Missouri. Despite winning 30 games last season, he remains somewhat unproven. As a recruiter, though, he is undeniably brilliant. With the help of associate head coach Tim Fuller, Haith is stacking up ridiculous talent at Mizzou, giving the program great skill and depth for years to come. Not since the early days of Quin Snyder has MU been this attractive to high-end recruits. Haith loaded this season’s squad with quality transfers: Earnest Ross from Auburn, Alex Oriakhi of Connecticut, Jabari Brown of Oregon and Keion Bell of Pepperdine. He lined up a powerful JUCO transfer in Tony Criswell and a strong group of freshmen in his 2012 recruiting class.

The combined effect: Arguably the deepest University of Missouri basketball team of all time.
His 2013 class includes widely coveted big man Johnathan Williams III, a 6-foot-9 inside force from Memphis. Michigan State, Georgetown and Tennessee were among his other suitors.
Haith’s other early signings were 6-foot-8 forward Torren Jones and ballhandling point guard Wes Clark, giving Mizzou a Top 25 group overall.

Rivals.com expert Eric Bossi offtered this assessment: “Coming off of a strong first season in Columbia, Frank Haith and his staff have put together a strong class. They plucked Williams III out of Memphis and he's a lengthy and versatile power forward. Clark is a quick point guard who knows how to score and distribute and Jones brings his lunch pail to work on the interior.”
Noted ESPN.com: “A 6-foot-8 lefty from Memphis, Tenn., Williams is the highest-ranked recruit to pick the Tigers since Phil Pressey and junior college power forward Ricardo Ratliffe in 2010.”
Added CBSSports.com expert Jeff Borzello: “Clark is a rising point guard who will push for time right off the bat.”
Of course, Haith will also have former Tulsa guard Jordan Clarkson (who averaged 16.5 points per game as a sophomore) joining that mix after sitting out this season as a transfer. And he still will have at least one scholarship to give.
Here are some early thoughts on the new talent on hand, both the short-term help and the long-range prospects:

Oriakhi: The big fella boosted his professional prospects by moving to Boone County. The Tigers are establishing him as the primary inside option and developing his offensive game. He is also learning how to play in tempo with former AAU running mate Phil Pressey looking to feed him in transition. Oriakhi’s hands and his low post moves need lots of work, but his relentless offensive rebounding will make him a weapon. And he is a force at the defensive end, blocking shots and cleaning the glass.  

Bell: The explosive combo guard flashed his potential late in an otherwise frustrating game against Alcorn State. He knocked down a three-point jumper from the corner and aroused the Mizzou Arena crowd with a steal and thunderous dunk. The Tigers are counting on him to provide strong perimeter defense and convert takeaways into baskets. Bell is a streaky perimeter shooter, but he can attack the basket with authority.

Ross: He, too, is a streaky perimeter shooter. But his strong build and sturdy overall game should make him a constant force when he plays under control. Ross can play either forward slot, slash to the basket, rebound on both ends and heat up from three-point range. He already has a NBA body. If he can develop NBA polish, he could explore his draft potential after this season. In the meantime he could be a driving force on Mizzou’s Final Four quest.

Criswell: This mature power forward can rebound, block shots and score coming off the bench. He pulled 14 boards in his first 32 minutes of real-game action for the Tigers. If Mizzou had this type of weapon last season, there is no telling how far it could have gone.

Brown: He is sitting out the first semester as a mid-season transfer, thus delaying the development of the team’s offensive chemistry. But this skilled wingman will add much-needed perimeter shooting once he settles into the rotation. The 2013-14 season could become his big NBA showcase campaign.

Negus Webster-Chan: The freshman combo guard played 65 minutes in the first two games, thanks to the absence of Brown and suspended senior guard Michael Dixon. Webster-Chan’s smooth all-around game has made him an instant impact recruit, despite the team’s backcourt crowding. His minutes should diminish at the Tigers get back to full strength, but his development will continue. By next season he could become a star.

Stefan Jankovic: It’s hard to imagine that Haith seriously considered shelving this freshman as a redshirt. He can play either forward slot, shoot from three-point range and mix it up inside. His ability to shoot and pass over defenders as a 6-foot-11 “small forward” could earn him a notable role this season. Like Webster-Chan, he already has a veteran’s feel for the game.

Ryan Rosburg: Haith also considered putting this freshman power forward on the redshirt shelf. But a tourney-bound team can never have enough depth inside. By grabbing seven rebounds (including six on the offensive end) in just nine minutes against Alcorn State, the 250-pound Rosburg validated his position on the active roster. He could have a Steve Moore-like career arc, rising gradually toward an impact role.

Dominique Bull: This freshman shooting guard was a classic redshirt candidate, given Mizzou’s uncommon backcourt depth. But Haith put him into play against Alcorn State, so he will join walk-ons Danny Feldmann and Corey Haith as overqualified members of the mop-up brigade.
Haith may not have all this talent fully sorted until well into the conference season, but this squad should make all this recruiting pay dividends in March.

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I have not been given the opportunity to watch them play yet but they certainly look good on paper.
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