Tony Mitchell visited Columbia on Friday, taking in Missouri's exhibition win over Northwest Missouri State.
On Sunday, Mitchell verbally committed to Missouri, making him the first five-star basketball recruit to choose Missouri since Linas Kleiza in 2003.
While projecting the success of recruits is often a fruitless venture, Mitchell has a great chance at succeeding in Mike Anderson's system at Missouri. At 6'6", 220 lbs., Mitchell could give Missouri a true small forward who can score from the outside with the size to score inside as well (Kimmie English plays the three for Missouri now, but he's more of a third guard than a small forward).
Getting Mitchell almost certainly means Anderson and his staff have secured a top-15 recruiting class. The program has signed the five-star Mitchell, four-star point guard Phil Pressey (Dallas, Texas—Pressey was said to have talked Missouri up to Mitchell), three-star shooting guard Ricky Kreklow (Columbia, Mo.–Kreklow is the son of Missouri head volleyball coach Wayne Kreklow), and three-star power forward Kadeem Green (Charlotte, N.C.).
The four commitments will replace the scholarships of seniors J.T. Tiller, Zaire Taylor, and Keith Ramsey and junior Jarrett Sutton. Originally a walk-on, Sutton was awarded a scholarship for this season due to former recruit Keith DeWitt being ruled ineligible for the 2009-10 season.
Barring an unexpected de-commitment, Missouri is done recruiting for the class of 2010. That means the program can turn its focus to replacing Justin Safford's scholarship after 2011—and five-star shooting guard Bradley Beal (St. Louis, Mo.) is rumored to have interest in Missouri.
Last year, Anderson referred to his players as a bunch of "Burger King All-Americans." Maybe we can start referring to the incoming class as "Flat Branch All-Americans."