November 15, 2012

Constructing a Class

Frank Haith< took the job as Missouri's head basketball coach in April of 2011. Faced with a recruiting class that did not exist, he supplemented his roster with two players that wouldn't even be able to play in his first season on the Tiger bench.

Entering the Class of 2012, Haith still faced two problems: Most of the nation's top players would sign somewhere within seven months of Haith getting the job, before he had ever coached a game. In addition, an unbalanced roster left Haith facing the prospects of having to replace six departing seniors. So in that group, Haith added a junior college player and two more transfers.

That meant Haith entered the 2013 recruiting cycle still one player short of the 13-scholarship limit, but with goal number one accomplished. There would be no more six- or seven-man recruiting classes.

"The one thing we wanted to get started to do was get our classes more balanced. I think we've done a good job with that," Haith said. "The staff has worked just tremendous in terms of getting us to the point where we don't have those huge classes."

It meant that Missouri entered the 2013 cycle looking to fill four spots on the roster. The Tigers got three-fourths of that work done on Wednesday.

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