Columbia, Mo. - Mizzou Basketball Head Coach Kim Anderson added yet another four-star talent to his 2014 recruiting class on Saturday as Montaque "Teki" Gill-Caesar (Vaughan, Ontario), a 6-foot-6, 215-pound small forward that attended Huntington Prep in Huntington, W. Va., signed a financial aid agreement to attend the University of Missouri and play basketball for the Tigers.
A consensus Top 50 player in the class of 2015 and the 2014 Gatorade Player of the Year in West Virginia, Gill-Caesar will reclassify to the class of 2014 and will be immediately eligible for the 2014-15 season after graduating high school last spring.
"Teki is an outstanding addition to our family and fills a position of need for us on the wing," Head Coach Kim Anderson said. "Teki has all the tools to be a big time talent over the course of his college career and fits extremely well with the young perimeter players we have in the program because they are so versatile. He can shoot the ball on the perimeter, he can attack the rim off the bounce, he can use his size and leaping ability to rebound over bigger players and he has great presence on the defensive end of the floor. He will have an opportunity to come in an contribute right away and gives us another important influx of talent as he joins Keith (Shamburger) in arriving next month."
Prior to his reclassification, Gill-Caesar was ranked the No. 31 prospect in the Class of 2015 by Rivals.com and was listed as the top player coming out of Canada in 2015 by ESPN.com. Last season at Huntington Prep (28-5), Gill-Caesar averaged 16.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.7 steals for a loaded Fighting Irish club, which was coached by current Mizzou assistant coach, Rob Fulford. He was a fifth team All-America selection among the class of 2015 by Max Preps and finished the year No. 2 Huntington Prep in scoring. He was also named one of the Top 10 International Draft prospects that played high school basketball in the United States in 2014 by Max Preps.
His top scoring games last season came vs. Miami Valley (Nov. 30) and Mountain Mission (Dec. 11). Against Miami Valley, Gill-Caesar scored 56 points, hitting 21-of-34 shots from the floor and 11-of-20 attempts from three-point range. He also dropped in 30 points in the win over Mountain Mission, hitting 11-of-17 total field goal attempts. As a junior, the 6-foot-6 wing shot 55 percent from the floor, hitting 197-of-360 field goal attempts and was a 74-percent shooter from the foul line. He also hit 41 percent of his shots from three-point range. Gill-Caesar helped lead Huntington Prep to the semifinals of the 2014 Dick's Sporting Goods High School National Tournament, scoring 20 points in a 65-63 win over La Lumiere. Huntington entered the tournament No. 5 nationally in the USA Today Super 25 national rankings before falling to No. 1 Montverde (Fla.) in the semifinals.
Gill-Caesar was also one of the top players at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship (June 20-24) played this summer in Colorado Springs, Colo. He finished second among all players at the tournament in scoring (19.6 ppg) and helped Team Canada to the silver medal with a 4-1 overall record (3-0 record in group play). Gill-Caesar also ranked second overall in the tournament at the foul line, hitting 30-of-33 attempts (90.9 percent) and was sixth with eight three-point makes. His top scoring games came during a 91-82 win over Argentina when he dropped in 24 points and six rebounds, 23 points in a 79-67 win against the Dominican Republic and 22 points in the gold medal game loss to Team USA, 113-79.
"Having the opportunity to continue coaching Teki is tremendous, not just for me, but my entire family, because we developed such a strong relationship during our two seasons together at Huntington Prep," Fulford said. "Teki is certainly a talent, but he really is a better person. Our fans will see that once they get to know him. He is such a genuine young man and has an engaging personality. He fits the type of student-athlete Coach Anderson will recruit to Mizzou."
Gill-Caesar also played his sophomore season at Huntington Prep and averaged 10.4 points and 5.6 rebounds. The Fighting Irish reached No. 1 nationally that season and returned to the Dick's Sporting Goods National High School tournament.
"I'm so excited to be joining the University of Missouri family and cannot wait to get on campus and get to work," Gill-Caesar said. "Everything about my visit to Mizzou was perfect, but I wanted to be thorough make the decision that was best for me and my family. I already had great relationships with Coach Rob (Fulford) and Coach Fuller, but having a chance to meet Coach Anderson and get to know him on a personal level just put everything over the top. I want to thank my family and everyone at Huntington Prep for their support and I'm ready to be a Missouri Tiger."
Prior to his time at Huntington Prep, Gill-Caesar played his freshman season at Vaughan Secondary School in his hometown of Vaughan, Ontario.
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