Governor Jay Nixon will coach the Mizzou Black squad on Friday night.
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."
Zaire 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 Ramsey, bruising forward Steve Moore and freshman Tyler Stone. Governor Nixon selected athletic forwards Laurence Bowers, Justin Safford and freshman shot-blocker John Underwood. Redshirt sophomore Jarrett Sutton 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. Tiller
G - Marcus Denmon
G - Miguel Paul
G - Jarrett Sutton (1st Half)
F - Laurence Bowers
F - Justin Safford
F - John Underwood
Mizzou Black - Governor Jay Nixon
G - Zaire Taylor
G - Kim English
G - Mike Dixon
G - Jarrett Sutton (2nd Half)
F - Keith Ramsey
F - Steve Moore
F - Tyler Stone
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