To say Kim Anderson’s tenure at Missouri has underwhelmed would be a kind summation. However, the Tigers’ recent freefall did not deter a prized point guard recruit from committing to the program.
Four-star recruit CJ Roberts made the decision to commit to Mizzou on Monday, with Anderson’s program outflanking several other power-conference teams for Roberts’ pledge. The 6-foot prospect represents Anderson’s first member of the 2017 recruiting class and obviously a key get for a program that’s fallen on hard times the past few seasons.
Roberts visited the campus over the weekend. He’d received numerous offers but recently narrowed the list to a top six.
The North Richland Hills, Texas, native selected Missouri over LSU, Texas Tech, Ole Miss, Georgia and Louisiana Tech. Rivals pegs Roberts as a four-star prospect, with 247Sports.com categorizing him as a three-star talent. Either way, he was a highly sought-after target for major programs.
In the Under Armour Association this summer, Roberts teamed with fellow big-name recruit Javonte Smart — a high-end 2018 prospect — on the Beast Mode team. Roberts averaged 11.8 points per game, with that total expanding to 22.7 ppg in the final three games of UAA play.
Missouri’s seen its star plummet to depths it has not seen in decades. The Tigers won nine and 10 games, respectively, the past two years. They had not finished a season with a single-digit win total since the year before Norm Stewart arrived in the late 1960s and turned the program into a perennial contender. However, Anderson has not been connected with any scandals like predecessor Frank Haith and acquisitions like Roberts could go a ways toward resurrecting the program that just four years ago resided as No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament, one that lost to Norfolk State in a memorable upset.