Oct. 20, 2009
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Missouri Basketball
hosted its Black & Gold Game Draft on Tuesday night, as
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and University of Missouri System President
Gary Forsee met to select their squads for Friday night's charity
basketball game inside Mizzou Arena.
A portion of the
proceeds from Friday night's Black & Gold Game will go to
support the Boys & Girls Club of Columbia, as the group
tips-off its "Hope of 10,000" Campaign.
"We are certainly
appreciative of Governor Nixon and President Forsee for taking the time
to come support this great cause," Head Coach Mike
Anderson said. "These two men have incredibly busy schedules,
but for them to come and support the Boys & Girls Club shows
you exactly how much they care for the young people in this community."
Of course both
Governor Nixon and President Forsee will serve as honorary coaches at
Mizzou's annual preseason scrimmage and to no one's surprise the
reigning Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, J.T.
Tiller, was the first overall selection to President Forsee,
who won the pre-draft coin flip.
"I always knew I liked
President Forsee," Tiller said with a laugh after seeing his selection
in the Mizzou Arena Media Room. "I guess I had better make him look
good after picking me #1."
Taylor was the #2 pick, going to Governor Nixon. Nixon
received the #3 pick as well and nabbed sophomore shooting guard Kim
English. President Forsee then drafted Marcus
Denmon. Denmon enjoyed a breakout performance in last
season's Black & Gold Game, where he scored 36 points on
14-of-17 shooting from the floor. Denmon is now near full strength
after recovering from off-season knee surgery.
Post players followed
next in the draft, as Forsee drafted senior shot-blocker Keith
, bruising forward Steve
and freshman Tyler
. Governor Nixon selected athletic forwards Laurence
and freshman shot-blocker John
. Redshirt sophomore Jarrett
will play for both squads since the team has 13
total players. Sutton will play for Governor Nixon and the
Mizzou Black Squad in the first half, before switching his allegiances
to President Forsee and Mizzou Gold in the second half.
The Black &
Gold Game will be held Friday (Oct. 23) at 8 p.m. inside Mizzou Arena.
Doors to the event will open at 7 p.m. and the Tigers will be on the
north concourse of Mizzou Arena signing autographs until 7:30 p.m.
Parking is free, however vehicles will need to be moved after the
conclusion of the game as crews begin preparations for Saturday night's
Homecoming gridiron contest against Texas.
Mizzou Gold -
President Gary Forsee
G - J.T.
G - Marcus
G - Miguel
G - Jarrett
Sutton (1st Half)
F - Laurence
F - Justin
F - John
Mizzou Black -
Governor Jay Nixon
G - Zaire
G - Kim
G - Mike Dixon
G - Jarrett
Sutton (2nd Half)
F - Keith
F - Steve
F - Tyler