A Columbia, Mo., product who will provide a wealth of experience and depth for the Tigers this season ... a true leader that has a great feel for the game of basketball ... can play all three guard positions effectively and has a great awareness of Mizzou's offense ... is a great hustle player who is also the best passer on the squad ... probably the Tigers' most accurate three-point shooter (45.3 percent from three last year) ... also an excellent student earning Academic All-Big 12 First Team honors last year ... is the only player on the squad to be on all five of Coach Quin Snyder's team (medical redshirt in 2000-01 season).
* Academic All-Big 12 First Team *
Had his best and most productive season as a Tiger despite battling soreness in his knees throughout the year ... seemed to always hit a big three-point basket for the Tigers throughout the year ... led Mizzou in three-point shooting, hitting on 45.3 percent of his attempts (29-of-64) ... averaged a career-best 3.5 points per game while handing out 55 assists on the season ... was on fire in the Tigers' second round loss to Marquette with a season-best 14 points including 4-of-6 from three-point land ... played tremendous defense and grabbed two rebounds against Oklahoma in the Big 12 Tourney Championship game ... nabbed two boards and handed out three assists as the Tigers took out the Kansas Jayhawks in the semi-finals ... was 2-of-4 from the free throw line against Nebraska in the Tigers' Big 12 first-round tourney win ... was 1-of-1 from three and 2-of-2 from the free throw line, good for five points against Kansas State ... had three rebounds and two assists against Oklahoma ... registered seven points in 23 minutes against Colorado ... had three points, two boards and two assists in 16 minutes against Nebraska ... was 1-of-2 from three point range and 3-of-4 from the free throw line against Kansas State ... handed out a career-best seven assists and scored thee points against Texas Tech ... also pulled down four boards against the Red Raiders ... hit a huge 3-point bucket with 1:30 left in the contest to give the Tigers a nine-point lead en route to their win at Nebraska ... missed two contests (Oklahoma State and Iowa State) because of a severe bone bruise in his right knee ... handed out two assists and pulled down four rebounds against Syracuse ... equaled a then season best with three 3-point baskets against Centenary ... also pulled down four boards against the Gents ... handed out three assists and scored five points against Iowa in 19 key minutes in relief of Jimmy McKinney, who was in early foul trouble ... was 1-of-2 from three and 2-of-2 from the free throw line against Iowa ... played 14 minutes off of the bench against Valpo because of soreness in his knees ... continued his hot shooting from the field going 3-of-4 (including 3-of-3 from 3-pt. land) as he poured in a then season-best 11 points against Memphis ... made two huge three-point shots in the second half of the Tigers' win of USC ... played a good all-around game handing out three assists while also pulling down three boards in 21 minutes of action ... was solid once again from three putting in 2-of-3 for six points ... knocked down two three-pointers for six points in the Tigers win over Austin Peay ... pulled down five rebounds in each of the Tigers' first two contests ... started the first game of his career against American ... played a career-high 31 minutes while recording two assists and only the second blocked shot of his career against the Eagles.
Sophomore perimeter man who gave the Tigers a long-range scoring threat off the bench ... Also proved to be one of the more effective passers on the team, as he had a team-best 2.2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio ... Played in a career-most 32 games, and averaged 1.4 pts. and 1.0 rebs. per game ... Tied career high w/3 asst. March 7. vs. Iowa State in Big 12 Tourney opener ... Contibuted an efficient 8 minutes Feb. 25 vs. OSU, w/3 pts. & 1 reb., including a key 1st-half 3-pointer as MU was stuggling offensively ... Played 12 minutes Feb. 23 at Colorado (the most since Jan. 19), and had a career-high 3 assists ... Had 5 pts. Feb. 13 at Nebraska, including a 1st-half 3-pt. FG and a putback after an athletic offensive rebound in the 2nd half ... Had 3 pts. Feb. 9 at Baylor, including a huge 3-pt. FG w/4:28 left in the game to help MU claw back to within 1 pt. after trailing by as much as 10 in the 2nd half ... Had 2 pts., 1 reb. and 1 asst. Jan. 28 at KU in 6 minutes of play ... Had 6 pts. Jan. 16th vs. A&M on 2-of-4 3-pt. FGs, and added 2 rebs. in 15 minutes off the bench ... Dished out 2 asst. Jan. 12th at KSU in 16 minutes ... Had a solid performance at ISU (Jan. 9), where he scored 6 pts. (on 2-of-2 3-pt. FGs) and added 1 assist in 14 minutes of play ... Both 3's came late in the 2nd half as MU was attempting a comeback from a 10-pt. deficit ... Saw the court vs. Coppin State for a season-high 19 minutes, and had no luck finding the range (0-of-4 FGs & 0-of-3 3-pt. FGs), but tied a career mark with 2 assists ... Did not play Dec. 29 at DePaul, breaking a string of 6 consecutive appearances ... Had a season-high 9 pt. game vs. Southern Dec. 6 ... Hit 3-of-4 FGs on the day, including 2-of-3 3-pt. FGs ... Scored 6 pts. vs. Jackson State, hitting 2-of-4 from the field, including 1-of-3 from 3-pt. range ... Scored 5 pts. vs. Air Force (Nov. 14), on 2-of-3 FGs -- his first points since the 1999-2000 season (sat out the 2000-01 season due to concussion problems suffered early in the pre-season) ... Grabbed a career-best 4 rebounds vs. Jackson State.
Had hopes of being a contributor to the team, but was forced to take a medical redshirt after suffering multiple concussions in the early season ... Suffered the initial injury early in the preseason, and missed four weeks of practice ... Was cleared to return to action, and played 12 minutes in MU's season opener vs. Savannah State, but suffered a setback in preparation for the Alaska Shootout, and did not play the rest of the year ... Did not participate in full contact practice for much of the year, but did return toward the end of the season ... Prior to the year, sas part of the 24/7 USA All-Star Team which won the Olympus Cup over the summer of 2000 in Greece ... Averaged 6.0 points in three games for the US Team, and closed with a 12-point performance against the Greek Under-18 National Team, hitting 4-of-8 three pointers.
Made solid contributions off the bench in his first year as a Tiger ... Played in 30-of-31 games, and averaged 2.7 points per outing, playing an average of 9.4 minutes a game ... Connected on 22 three-point field goals on the year (in 59 attempts), which was fifth-best on the team ... Came of age in a two-game stretch early in the season, as the Columbia, Mo. native averaged 16.5 points in wins over Western Carolina and Morgan State ... Exploded for 33 points in those two games ... Led Missouri with a career-high 18 point outing vs. Morgan State (Nov. 27), in which he nailed 5-of-7 three pointers ... Prior to that, vs. Western Carolina (Nov. 21), he came out gunning, and lit up the Catamounts for 15 points in just 13 minutes of play, on 5-of-8 three pointers ... Hit 11-of-17 shots in the two-game stretch (64.7%) including 10-of-15 three-point field goals (66.7%) ... Strung together a season-best five-game scoring streak late in the year, as he averaged 5.2 points per game from Feb. 12-26 ... Hit a three-point field goal in each game ... Started stretch off with a great game vs. Texas (Feb. 12), scoring 8 pts. in 14 minutes off the bench ... Hit 3-of-4 FGs on the day, including 2-of-3 3-pt. FGs, giving team big lift ... Was held scoreless in four of last five games, but had 3 pts. at Kansas (March 5), on a three-pointer in the first half ... Scored in 8 of last 14 appearances overall, including 5 pts. at Oklahoma (Feb. 26) ... Did not play vs. ISU (Feb. 9), marking the first game he had not seen any action ... Played 5 minutes at Colorado (Feb. 2), and contributed with key second-half three-pointer and steal ... Followed up by grabbing a rebound in 4 minutes at Nebraska (Feb. 5) ... Previously had a 6-point game vs. Texas A&M (Jan. 29), a game in which he hit 2-of-3 3-pt. FGs ... The six points were his first since Dec. 30 vs. Kentucky, and were the most he'd tallied since scoring a career-high 18 vs. Morgan State on Nov. 27th ... Played 13 minutes at Kansas State (Feb. 19), and contributed with 6 points ... Had a solid outing versus Saint Louis on Dec. 12th, scoring 5 points in just 12 minutes of action ... Hit a driving layup and nailed a three-pointer in the game's final minutes to help the Tigers claw their way back into the contest.
IN HIGH SCHOOL
Was considered a top-50 national recruit by many services ... Came to Mizzou directly from New Hampton Prep School, in New Hampton, N.H., where he studied for a year after graduating from Columbia (Mo.) Rock Bridge High School ... Prior to year at prep school, garnered a lot of attention from colleges with superb play at AAU national tournament ... Played for QBL-Lakewood team out of California which finished third in tournament ... Selected to play in Dada All-America Classic (where he played with MU teammate Kareem Rush), EA All-American Game, and the Magic Johnson Roundball Classic ... Named to the Street & Smith All-American Team ... Averaged 15.4 points per game at New Hampton, and was arguably the team's top player down the stretch ... Named first-team all-New England ... Added per-game averages of five rebounds, five assists and three steals for New Hampton ... Averaged 18 points a game in the last months of the season, and helped lead team to a postseason tournament championship ... Knocked down seven three pointers in an upset of Maine Central Institute, a team that had 10 players who were considered Division I prospects ... As a senior at Rock Bridge High School (Columbia, Mo.), averaged 18 points a game, despite being the team's only returning starter and playing with a banged-up knee during the season ... Was named to the 1998 all-state team, after posting averages of 17.8 points and 4.3 rebounds a game during his senior season ... Had a career-high 35 points in a 77-72 win over Odessa as a senior ... His junior season, he averaged 13 points and was an all-district selection on the Bruins' squad which finished 30-1 and was ranked #1 in the state of Missouri for the majority of the 1996-97 season ... Team eventually finished third in Class 4A ... Scored 23 points (on 9-of-12 shooting) in 4A third-place game, leading team to the win at the Hearnes Center ... Was part of team that went 26-3 as a sophomore.
Full name -- Josh Walton Kroenke ... Majoring in Consumer Family Economics ... Parents -- Stan and Ann Kroenke of Columbia, Mo. ... Lists hobbies as lifting weights and swimming ... Chose Missouri over Iowa, Syracuse, Georgia, Rhode Island, Michigan State and Tulsa, among others ... High school coach -- Jim Scanlon ... Born May 7, 1980 in Columbia, Mo.
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