MU adds Ratliffe, Pressey to 2010-11 basketball recruiting class

As expected, Missouri capped a six-member 2010-11 basketball recruiting class on Wednesday with the additions Ricardo Ratliffe and Matt Pressey.

“We were able to address our needs in this class,” Missouri coach Mike Anderson said. “To be able to bring in two junior college All-Americans in the late signing period is huge for our program.”

Ratliffe — a 6-8 power forward rated by as the top junior college player in the nation — scored 27.4 points and averaged 11.3 rebounds a game as a sophomore at Central Florida Community College.

“He gives us a post presence with the ability to step out and knock down shots,” Anderson said. “He is a physical player that rebounds and plays the game with passion and energy. We have lost some tremendous players in our front court the last couple of years, but Ricardo fits in that mold.”

Pressey — a 6-2 shooting guard and the older brother of early-period signee Phil Pressey — drove a 28-7 Navarro (Texas) Junior College team to fourth place in the national tournament while scoring 17 points a game.

Anderson has a special relationship with the Pressey brothers, having been a college teammate of their father, Paul, and having remained a close friendship with the family.

“Matt is someone I have known for most of his life and he’s really grown into becoming an outstanding person and a tremendous basketball player,” Anderson said. “He is defensively savvy, he can score, he rebounds for his size and he has some of the same traits as a Zaire Taylor.”

The junior college additions were paved by the decision of guard Miguel Paul and forward Tyler Stone — both saying they sought greater playing time — to transfer.

Missouri picked up four players in the early signing period. In addition to Phil Pressey (a 5-10 point guard out of the Episcopal School of Dallas), coach Mike Anderson and his staff gained 6-8 forward Tony Mitchell (Pinkston in Dallas), 6-5 guard Ricky Kreklow (Columbia Rock Bridge) and 6-8 forward Kadeem Green (United Faith Christian Academy and Charlotte, N.C.).