Three sign with Missouri basketball for 16-17.

Democrat Staff

Democrat Staff

Kim Anderson has signed three players for the 2016-17 season.

The Missouri basketball team will add Willie Jackson, Reed Nikko and Mitchell Smith.

Jackson, a 6-6 small forward from Cleveland, has averaged 18 points, 14 rebounds and five assists per game at Garfield Heights High School.

A 6-9 player from Osseo, Minnesota, Nikko averaged 9.6 points per game while leading Maple Grove High School to a 23-4 record last season.

Smith, a 6-9 forward from Van Buren, Arkansas, averages 18.1 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.

“We’re excited about the young men who have signed their letters of intent to come to the University of Missouri to play basketball,” Anderson said. “We feel like we’ve addressed some needs for our program. One of our main goals was to recruit size. With all three guys, we’ve got some bigger players.”

Anderson said that Jackson can do a lot of different things on the court and is a solid defensive player. On offense, he can shoot and drive to the rim. Nikko is a traditional low-post player — something Mizzou will need when Ryan Rosburg graduates — who scored in double figures in 12 of Maple Grove’s 28 games last year.

”He’s a true back-to-the-basket player and has been very successful in high school,” Anderson said. “He’s continued to grow as a player every year. We feel he’ll continue to mature and become a great player in the SEC.”

Smith led Van Buren to Arkansas’ Class 7A semifinal last season.

Anderson thinks all three will be able to contribute to Mizzou immediately next year.

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