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Drew Lock hopes to play basketball in addition to football at Missouri

Lee's Summit senior Drew Lock, who signed with Missouri as a quarterback, says he wants to play basketball at MU, too.
Lee's Summit senior Drew Lock, who signed with Missouri as a quarterback, says he wants to play basketball at MU, too. Special to The Kansas City Star

Lee’s Summit senior Drew Lock didn’t enroll early at Missouri, where he signed to play football in February, because he wanted to finish his high school basketball career.

Lock did so in style, averaging 18.8 points and eight rebounds and receiving first-team All-Metro honors from The Star as a senior.

Now, Lock hopes a basketball career also awaits at MU, he said Saturday at the annual Black & Gold Spring Game.

Lock, who is The Star’s reigning All-Metro football player of the year, became the offensive centerpiece of Missouri’s 2015 football recruiting class.

He vaulted onto the national scene with a strong performance at Nike’s Elite 11 Quarterback Camp last summer and tossed two fourth-quarter touchdowns in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January.

After committing to MU in April 2014, Lock never wavered despite interest from Michigan State, Mississippi, Ohio State, Tennessee and Texas as well as a desperation push by Michigan after Jim Harbaugh was hired.

Lock, who also won the Simone Award as the city’s top high school football player last season, threw for 2,717 yards and 28 touchdowns as a senior.

He also was a first-team All-Metro pick at quarterback as a junior when he threw for more than 3,000 yards with 35 touchdowns.

Many scouts believe Lock might have a future in the NFL at quarterback, but basketball might have been his best sport in high school.

Lock had offers to play basketball from Missouri, Oklahoma and Wichita State among others and hopes the MU football staff will allow him to continue being a dual-sport standout.

Missouri ranked last in the SEC in scoring and shooting last season, averaging 60.5 points game with a shooting percentage of 40.3 percent.

During coach Kim Anderson’s first season, MU — which finished 9-23, setting a school record for most losses in a season and longest losing streak at 13 games — ranked 10th in three-point shooting at 32.9 percent.

Obviously, adding a wing scorer of Lock’s caliber couldn’t hurt as Missouri tries to rebuild its basketball program.

If Lock were allowed to play, he would be a walk-on for Anderson’s squad, providing depth and potential scoring punch without having to use the lone remaining scholarship.

Two Missouri players, Keith Shamburger and Keanau Post, will graduate, and two others, sophomore forward Johnathan Williams III and junior guard Deuce Bello, will transfer. Williams was MU’s leading scorer and rebounder last season.

Three of the four available scholarships are accounted for after Oak Hill Academy (Va.) point guard Terrence Phillips signed on Wednesday and John A. Logan College teammates Martavian Payne and Russell Woods committed Saturday during an official visit.

Lock won’t arrive on campus in Columbia until June, and he’ll be given an opportunity to earn a spot on the depth chart at quarterback.

He also will have a lot to digest, trying to learn offensive coordinator Josh Henson’s system in only a few months before fall camps commences in August.

Junior quarterback Maty Mauk is the presumptive starter. He’s 14-4 in the last two years as MU’s starting quarterback, including an 11-win season, SEC Championship Game appearance and Citrus Bowl victory last season.

Sophomore Eddie Printz showed some flashes during the spring game and remains second on Missouri’s depth chart, which also includes redshirt freshman Marvin Zanders and fellow Lee’s Summit graduate Corbin Berkstresser, a senior.

It’s unclear if the football staff would permit Lock to play another sport.

If coach Gary Pinkel opts to redshirt Lock, it certainly opens up the possibility that he could play both sports, and it wouldn’t be unprecedented if he played both anyway.

Early in Pinkel’s tenure at Missouri, which began in 2001, Justin Gage played both football and basketball.

Of course, that arrangement had been grandfathered in as Gage had played both sports for two seasons under Larry Smith before Pinkel’s arrival.

Gage played in 24 games and helped Missouri reach the Elite Eight as a junior in 2001-02 before concentrating on the NFL Draft and forgoing his senior season in basketball.

Former tight end Andrew Jones also played football and basketball at MU, but heplayed basketball only after exhausting his football eligibility. Jones appeared in 12 games during the 2011-12 season.

Missouri has agreed to let Winnetonka senior Marquise Doherty, who signed along with Lock in February, play baseball in addition to football.

With less crossover between seasons, it’s a bit easier to accommodate football and baseball, but it still demonstrates a willingness by MU’s football staff to allow athletes to pursue other sports.

It’s also not unprecedented for a quarterback to play multiple sports.

Charlie Ward was a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback and point guard at Florida State in the early 1990s who went on to have an 11-year NBA career.

Jameis Winston, who is expected to be the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft in less than two weeks, also was a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback and played for the Seminoles’ baseball team.

To reach Tod Palmer, call 816-234-4389 or send email to tpalmer@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter at @todpalmer.

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