Maple Grove (Minn.) power forward Reed Nikko has committed to the Missouri men’s basketball team.
Nikko, a 6-foot-9 Rivals three-star recruit, announced his decision Monday evening on Twitter.
The Tigers envision him as a back-to-the-basket presence, but also as something of a stretch-four depending on the defensive matchup.
He thanked “every school that has recruited me” as well as his family and friends in announcing the commitment.
“I could not be more excited to be a Tiger next year and to be at Mizzou,” he concluded.
Nikko added a special message for his late father.
“To my father, I love you more then [sic] anything Dad and I know you’re looking down on me everyday guiding me and keeping me safe,” he wrote.
He joins center Mitchell Smith from Van Buren (Ark.) High and small forward Willie Jackson from Garfield Heights High in Cleveland, in the Tigers’ 2016 recruiting class.
The Tigers have 12 scholarship players on the 2015-16 roster after Montaque Gill-Caesar’s decision in July to transfer to San Diego State.
The NCAA limit is 13 scholarships and forward Ryan Rosburg is a senior on the current roster, which means MU will over-sign by one if Smith, Jackson and Nikko sign during the early window in November.
That would require at least one current player to transfer before next season.