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October 19, 2011
It had been presumed by most Missouri fans, since Ryan Rosburg officially visited Mizzou for its Centennial Homecoming, that he would commit to the Tigers and coach Frank Haith. That faith was rewarded Wednesday afternoon when Rosburg committed to Missouri, becoming the sixth member of the class of 2012.
"Missouri has been my dream school," Rosburg said. "Just being a hometown kid I've always thought about going to Mizzou. My family and I had to decide how much I liked the team and the staff and everything about the school itself. On the visit, I loved everything about it. There is not one bad thing. I fell in love with the school and the idea of my parents being able to come to a bunch of games. I just loved everything about it."
An additional attraction that Missouri had, on top of being the home state school, is the opportunity to play early. With six seniors exhausting their eligibility this year there is a great opportunity for young players to come in and play significant minutes early in their career. That idea was not lost on Rosburg.
"While Missouri was recruiting me they preached a lot about how Ricardo (Ratliffe) and Steve (Moore) were both going to be gone by the time I get there," Rosburg said. "There is a need for post players and I saw a chance to come in and work hard and play right away. That was important."
The last, but not the least, factor for Rosburg in deciding to commit to Missouri was the idea of playing with his older brother, Andy, who recently joined the Tigers as a walk-on.
"We've actually never played in an organized game together, only pick up games, but even in pick up games we think the same way and are very similar players, which allows us to just feed off each other," said Rosburg. "Hopefully it will translate to college basketball."
Rosburg will be in Columbia again this Friday for the Black and Gold game. He and his parents will also be traveling to as many Tigers games as they can to watch Andy and the rest of Ryan's future teammates.
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