COLUMBIA, MO. • As Cuonzo Martin’s Missouri basketball staff waits on top recruiting targets Kevin Knox II and Jeremiah Tilmon, a new name has emerged as a backcourt option for the Tigers. Canisius College guard Kassius Robertson plans to take a recruiting visit to Mizzou next weekend, Rivals.com and other national outlets reported. The 6-3 Robertson plans to visit Missouri and Georgia Tech.
As a graduate transfer, Robertson will be eligible to play immediately wherever he lands and should give his next school a potent 3-point threat. Robertson has played three years at Canisius, a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference school in Buffalo, N.Y., and was the team’s leading scorer this past season at 16.1 points per game. He shot 41.0 percent from 3-point range. Missouri hasn’t had a perimeter player shoot better than 41 percent from behind the arc since Kim English (45.9) as a senior in 2012.
Robertson could be a backup plan for Martin’s staff should the Tigers fail to land either Tilmon, a 6-10 forward from East St. Louis, or the 6-9 Knox, a five-star small forward from Tampa, Fla. Or Mizzou’s interest could signal the team’s expectation that another perimeter player plans to transfer. Martin has only two available scholarships for the 2017-18 as the current roster stands. Earlier this month, guards Frankie Hughes and K.J. Walton announced plans to transfer, leaving Martin with just eight returning scholarship players. Mizzou has since signed three high school recruits: forward Michael Porter Jr. and guards C.J. Roberts and Blake Harris.
For Martin to add Knox, Tilmon and Robertson, the Tigers would have to clear another roster spot.
Tilmon, who asked out of his letter of intent to Illinois, played in the Allen Iverson Roundball Classic Friday in Hampton Roads, Va. Knox hosted Martin for an in-home visit on Wednesday, along with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and North Carolina’s Roy Williams. Florida State’s Leonard Hamilton and Kentucky’s John Calipari visited Knox on Tuesday.
Pingeton’s wish list
Other than maybe wrestling’s Brian Smith, there’s not a coach at Mizzou who’s stored up more currency with her bosses than Robin Pingeton. Coming off consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and a third-place finish in the SEC, Pingeton could be banging on athletics director Jim Sterk’s door asking for more resources while running what’s become one of MU’s steadiest winners. But she knows the pecking order in major college athletics.
“I’m a team player,” Pingeton said this week. “I understand the dynamics of our athletic department. I understand that football and men’s basketball drive the revenue. I think that’s really important that they get the support they need. We’ve been very blessed and been taken care of really well in our program. I think there’s…