It feels like every day brings great news for Missouri basketball at this point.
Earlier on Sunday afternoon, the Tigers got a commitment from point guard Blake Harris, bringing their class — which includes No. 1 player Michael Porter, Jr. — up to three. Harris is a 4-star player, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings, and figures to be a quality four-year player for Cuonzo Martin in Columbia.
And although it was not unexpected, Harris’ commitment may not have been the biggest news for Mizzou on Sunday, as it was reported by KSDK’s Frank Cusumano that former Illinois signee Jeremiah Tilmon would be released from his letter of intent on Monday:
Jeremiah Tilmon will be granted his release tomorrow. Then the recruiting reopens. @KSDKSports
— Frank Cusumano (@Frank_Cusumano) April 10, 2017
Tilmon took to Instagram last week to publicly announce the reopening of his recruitment, but the Illini had not yet granted his release as of this weekend. With Harris, Porter, Jr., and five-star forward Kevin Knox all in Columbia for an official visit, it’s possible that Illinois delayed Tilmon’s release long enough that he would not be able to join them.
Regardless, as soon as he is officially released, Missouri immediately becomes the favorite for the center from East St. Louis, Martin’s hometown. Tilmon is the 29th-best player in the country, according to 247, and would give the Tigers the type of player the need most to complete their turnaround in 2017-18: a rim-protecting big man.
As of Sunday night, all 12 of the 247 Crystal Ball predictions for Tilmon are for Missouri.