What you need to know about the Mizzou men’s and women’s basketball signing classes

What you need to know about the Mizzou men’s and women’s basketball signing classes

Missouri basketball has officially welcomed its incoming freshmen to the Class of 2023.

The men’s and women’s teams signed incoming freshman classes, both of which included highly ranked players across the country. This is Dennis Gates’ first signature class. It is also the 13th signing class of Robin Pinton.

Here’s who’s coming to Columbia, and what you need to know about each class.

Men’s basketball

Who signed: Guard Anthony Robinson, forward Trent Pierce, forward Jordan Butler

Gates’ first recruiting class was a good one. He ranked as the nation’s 19th-best class by 247Sports and added three four-star players to his roster to pair with the core he already recruited to start this season.

He didn’t just add three or four stars, he added players at every level. Robinson is a future point guard. Pierce can play on the wing and is big enough to thrive on the line. And Butler is the pivotal post player that Gates desperately needs. This is the recruiting class Missouri had in mind when it hired Gates in March, and he quickly delivered.

Christ Church Episcopal's Jordan Butler sits with his family, from left, his mother, Casey, father and coach, John, and younger brother, Josh, as he announces that he will sign with the University of Missouri on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022.  .

What you need to know about this class: With the arrival of Charlton Young and Gates as expert recruiters, and Dickie Knott and Kyle Smith-Peters as developers, the 2023 class has a chance to preserve the Gates era for years to come.

Pierce is the type of perimeter threat that leads to the age without a college basketball position. After seeing how Kobe Brown fits into Gates’ system in an exhibition game and a regular season game, Pierce could be the same for Gates. He will also have time to grow into it.

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