MU basketball recruit faces eligibility test

The coming weekend could decide whether Keith DeWitt -- a 6-foot-10 forward out of Charis Prep in Wilson, N.C. -- will be able to join the Missouri basketball program this fall.

“We’re still waiting,” MU Coach Mike Anderson said when asked - at the Kansas City Tiger Club golf gathering on Tuesday - about DeWitt’s status.

“He has a test to take this weekend.”

In March, the NCAA upheld a previous decision to “not clear” grades or graduation from Charis Prep in determining college eligibility.

At the same time, the NCAA announced it would be open to consider the cases of individual athletes.

No transplant for Carroll: Despite speculation on, former MU hoops star DeMarre Carroll doesn’t need a liver transplant.

Anderson -- who is also Carroll’s uncle as well as his former coach -- said Tuesday that speculation was based on “misinformation.”

Carroll has been under a doctor’s care for a liver-related condition for at least two years, but the condition is apparently well under control.

Carroll’s agent told The Columbia Tribune the physician who has overseen Carroll’s treatment is willing to provide NBA officials with a letter of assurance on Carroll’s ability to play in the NBA.

Recent draft rankings have suggested Carroll could be a late first-round NBA draft choice. Leo Lyons, another former MU player, is projected as a second-round pick.

Rainbow in the rain: Rain put a damper on the golfing part of the Kansas City Tiger Club event on Tuesday.

But if not a rainbow, MU athletic director Mike Alden saw a silver lining in the would-be participants -- including members of the MU men’s basketball and football coaching staffs -- spending more than two hours chatting up Mizzou athletics in the Drumm Farm golf course clubhouse in Independence.

“Mike Anderson is over there in a corner talking Missouri basketball,” Alden said. “Gary Pinkel and his staff are here talking about our football program, one on one with groups of people.

“If we were out on the golf course, they would be socializing with four or five people. Now they’re socializing with 140 people.”