Blue Springs South senior Kevin Puryear commits to Missouri

08/21/2014 10:15 PM

08/21/2014 10:15 PM

Blue Springs South senior Kevin Puryear made an oral commitment to Missouri on Thursday. He is the first basketball recruit from the 2015 class to commit to Kim Anderson’s program.

Puryear, a 6-foot-7 forward, averaged 19.2 points and 8.6 rebounds with Blue Springs South last year. He is rated as a three-star recruit and had narrowed his final college choices to Missouri, Nebraska and Mississippi.

“Coach Anderson was the difference,” Puryear said. “He’s as good of a guy as you can get. He’s a man of integrity. He definitely sold himself well.”

Puryear said former Missouri coach Frank Haith did not show interest in him, but Anderson began recruiting him shortly after being hired as the Tigers’ coach. Puryear was awarded the official offer two weeks ago.

“I’m just really excited,” Puryear said. “It was really important for me to commit early. I wanted to have a stress-free senior year. I didn’t want to worry about it during the season. Now that it’s over, I can kick back and try to get a state championship.”

Puryear plays primarily in the post for Blue Springs South, though he shot 37 percent from three-point range. He projects as a power forward and small forward in college.

“Coach Anderson told me he really likes my versatility,” Puryear said. “He told me I’m a high-character guy, and that’s exactly what he was looking for. He stressed that every time.”

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