Mizzou announced at least the bulk of Frank Haith's first true recruiting class on Thursday evening. Haith's efforts put a premium on size his current team lacks:
6-11 Stefan Jankovic from Huntington (W.V.) Prep, 6-10 Ryan Rosburg of Marquette High, 6-8 Tony Criswell of Independence (Kan.) Community College and 6-7 Negus Webster-Chan, a big guard from Huntington (W.V.)
Dominique Bull, a 6-3 guard from Tilton School in New Hampshire, rounds out the immediate group, which did not include Quantel Denson, a 6-8 forward now at Paris (Texas) junior college.
Denson, then at Hutchinson (Kan.) CC, was arrested for his alleged role in a burglary after he committed to Mizzou. It's unclear whether the scholarship offer still holds or depends on how his case is ultimately resolved.
Shawn Smith, a 6-4 guard from Jacksonville, Fla., is another known commitment to MU who had not signed on Thursday.
Below are MU's capsules and a comment from Haith on each signee
Fr., G, 6-3, 215, Tilton, N.H. (Tilton School)
Known as a tough, physical guard with a nice shooting touch who is also a defensive standout that can lockdown opposing scorers with his high-energy style of play ... Very effective with dribble-drive penetration who has an outstanding first step and is strong enough to get through contact to the rim, where he shows tremendous finishing ability ... Comes from a winning background, and is known to have an unselfish mindset and a desire for doing whatever it takes for the team ... Played AAU ball for BABC which recently won the Nike Peach Jam ... High school coach - Marcus O'Neil ... Parents - Janice Eatmon and Albert Bull ... Chose Mizzou over schools such as Miami, Fla., Pittsburgh, Rhode Island, Virginia Commonwealth, Providence, Virginia Tech, Charlotte and Western Kentucky, among others.
Frank Haith on Bull
"Dominique is of the J.T. Tiller mode, he's a very physical, tough, hard-nosed guard. He's the kind of do-all type of kid that you love to have in your program. He's a multi-talented defender, he handles the ball well, he's a playmaker, just an all-around tough guard."
Jr., F, 6-8, 230, Oklahoma City, Okla. (Douglass HS/ UAB / Independence [Kan.] CC)
Regarded as one of the top power forward prospects to come out of the junior college ranks for the 2012 class ... Is considered a physical power forward with the ability to play inside and out with a nice mid-range scoring touch ... Runs the floor well and uses his physicality to rebound on both ends of the floor ... Began his collegiate career at Alabama-Birmingham before transferring to Independence Community College after last season ... Redshirted at UAB his first year, then played in 21 games during the 2010-11 season, and averaged 3.2 points and 3.6 rebounds per game, while shooting a solid 54.0% from the floor (27-of-50 FGs) ... Had 12 points and 8 rebounds (on 5-of-5 shooting) in one game versus Memphis ... Junior college coach - Patrick Nee ... Chose Mizzou over Arkansas, Auburn, Marquette, Texas Tech, Oregon, Nebraska and Washington State, among others.
Frank Haith on Criswell
"Tony Criswell, obviously having been at the Division I level before, he has the experience needed to be effective at this level and he has a really nice skill set for a big guy."
Fr., F/C, 6-11, 225, Mississauga, Ontario (Huntington [W.V.] Prep)
One of the top prep forwards in the nation who brings a wide mix of talents, and who has an offensive skill set that is rare at the prep level ... At 6-foot-11 possesses the shooting ability of a guard ... Joins teammate Negus Webster-Chan as a pair of Huntington Prep standouts who will be Mizzou Tigers ... Is a native of Serbia and a resident of Canada who is a European style of power forward who can play on the perimeter and score from all over the floor ... Provides a tough matchup for opposing defenders because of his ability to play all over the floor ... Is a member of the Canadian Youth National Team ... Parents - Drago & Aida Jankovic ... Chose Mizzou over Georgetown, West Virginia, Purdue, Wake Forest and Florida State, among others.
Frank Haith on Jankovic
"Stefan is a very skilled post player, he's an outstanding shooter. An intangible with Stef is that he's got great basketball IQ, a great feel for the game. We feel like he'd be a four-star type of talent, but he was injured and didn't play over the summer, so that held him back just a little bit."
Fr., C/F, 6-10, 240, Chesterfield, Mo. (Marquette HS)
Native Missourian who will be fulfilling a dream to represent Mizzou in the black and gold uniform ... Ranked by ESPN.com as the nation's No. 20 center prospect ... Is a skilled scorer in both the high and low posts who runs the floor well in transition ... High school coach - Shane Matzen, a Mizzou graduate who served as a student manager under former legend Norm Stewart ... Parents - Paul & Cindy Rosburg ... Will join his older brother, Andy, who is in his first year as a walk-on forward for the Mizzou basketball program ... Chose Mizzou over Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Creighton, Illinois, Southern Illinois and Missouri State, among others.
Frank Haith on Rosburg
"Ryan is a low-post scorer with good skills. He's a really good passer and he moves extremely well for a big guy. He's a guy who's willing to do whatever needs to be done on the court, and you can't have too many of those kinds of guys on the team."
Fr., G/F, 6-7, 195, Scarborough, Ontario (Pope John Paul II HS / Huntington [W.V] Prep)
Considered to be among the top strong forward prospects in the prep ranks ... Is a long and athletic wing player who can play a number of spots ... Has good ball skills and gives a nice combination of a slasher and a skilled shooter ... Has been high school and AAU teammates with fellow 2012 signee Stefan Jankovic ... A member of the Canadian Youth National Team who helped his squad to a bronze medal in the World Championships ... Began his prep career at Pope John Paul II in Scarborough, Ontario, where he averaged 22 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists as a sophomore ... Mother - Sharon Webster ... Chose Mizzou over Louisville, Kentucky, Texas, West Virginia, USC, Cincinnati, Marquette, Clemson and Baylor, among others.
Frank Haith on Webster-Chan
"Negus can play anywhere on the perimeter, one, two or three, which is what I love about him. He's an all-purpose guard, he can score, he can make plays, and he's got great size. He's a very, very talented player and I think much like Stef, he would probably be a four-star guy but because he was banged up over the summer he couldn't showcase his skills."