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MIZZOU MEN’S BASKETBALL SIGNS TWO TO 2015 CLASS

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Mizzou Men's Basketball head coach Kim Anderson has announced two signings for the program's 2015 recruiting class, with talented student-athletes Kevin Puryear (Blue Springs, Mo.) and Cullen VanLeer (Pacific, Mo.) inking with the Tigers. A 6-7 forward, Puryear has starred for Blue Springs South High School, averaging 19.2 points and 8.6 rebounds as a junior this past season. Standing 6-4 from the guard position, VanLeer posted a solid 21.9-point average for Pacific High School as a junior.


“We are excited about the addition of Kevin and Cullen to our program,” Anderson said. “Both come from outstanding high school and non-scholastic programs. Kevin has had the chance to play for Coach Jimmy Cain at Blue Springs South High School and L.J. Goolsby at KC Run GMC, while Cullen played for his father John at Pacific High School and Scott Schroepfer's St. Louis Gateway program. 

“They are two of the top players in the state of Missouri, and we are elated that they have decided to stay home and be members of the Tiger basketball family.  Additionally, they are both high character young men who are winners.”            

Puryear was a First Team All-State honoree from the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association as a junior in 2014, complimenting a standout season for South head coach Jimmy Cain. Blue Springs South was powered by Puryear to a strong 21-4 record and second round appearance in the Class 5 District Tournament. Puryear and his teammates recorded an impressive 22-2 mark and advanced to the Class 5 State Tournament during his sophomore season.

“Kevin is a versatile, combo forward who brings a great blue collar, tough mentality that fits the culture we are trying to create here at Mizzou,” Anderson said. “He can shoot it from the perimeter or go inside and mix it up. He takes great pride in being a Missouri Tiger.”  

With additional junior season averages of 6.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.7 steals, VanLeer has proven to have a versatile game while playing for father and Pacific head coach John VanLeer. The younger VanLeer was honored for his well-rounded game by the MBCA, earning First Team All-State recognition as both a sophomore and junior in Class 3 and Class 4, respectively.

VanLeer's Pacific squad posted a stout 20-5 record this past season, advancing to the second round of the Class 4 District Tournament. Pacific also made an appearance in the district tournament round during his sophomore campaign.

“Cullen meets an important need for us next year,” Anderson said. “He is an outstanding shooter with deep range and is a solid ball handler.  Like Kevin, he is also an in-state kid who takes great pride in wearing the Black & Gold.  With both young men, Coach Loos did an outstanding job of developing a good relationship early on, along with the rest of our staff.”

The two Show-Me State standouts have been strong players on the travel ball circuit, with Puryear proving the strength of his interior game with KC Run GMC and VanLeer earning a sharpshooter's reputation with St. Louis Gateway. VanLeer shot 35 percent from three-point range for the club over the summer.

Puryear is excited to get started at Mizzou in the Fall of 2015, relishing the opportunity to bring his intensity and tenacity to the Mizzou Arena court.

“I'm extremely excited about the opportunity to be a part of my dream school,” Puryear said. “I'm just very happy to be in the Mizzou family.”

VanLeer, focused on contributing to the Tigers' squad immediately, echoed his signing class partner's feelings about putting on the Black & Gold uniform.

“I'm really excited to be joining the Mizzou Basketball family,” VanLeer said. “Being a Missouri kid, I take great pride in being able to play for and attend the University of Missouri.”

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