Four-star prospect Aidan Shaw commits to Missouri men's basketball
Cuonzo Martin just secured one of the biggest recruiting victories of his tenure as Missouri's men's basketball head coach.
Martin garnered a verbal commitment from four-star small forward Aidan Shaw, of Overland Park, Kansas, on Friday morning.
Shaw picked the Tigers over steep competition in his final five schools, including Kansas, Maryland, Iowa and Oklahoma State.
"I've been been talking to the whole coaching staff, on and off, since ninth grade," Shaw said of picking MU. "And it's just been great. We have conversations not only about basketball, but about being a man. And so I really the family and I'm really feeling the love from them."
The 6-foot-8, 190-pound Blue Valley High School senior is rated by the 247Sports Composite as the No. 53 prospect in the Class of 2022. Shaw is the No. 3 player in his class from Kansas and the No. 15 small forward overall.
Shaw is the highest-rated prospect to commit to the Tigers since the first few months of Martin's time atop the MU program.
The lauded 2017 Tigers class included five-star prospects Michael Porter Jr. and Jontay Porter as well as Jeremiah Tilmon.
Shaw is currently the No. 4 highest-rated prospect Martin has inked to play in Columbia. His rating is stronger than other four-star prospects to play for Missouri, including Torrence Watson and Tray Jackson.
"I chose this school based off the relationship that I've built since ninth grade," Shaw said moments before his commitment. "And really, when I started my next chapter, I know that this school will be invested in my process and the progress of me as a player and help me become the best player that I can be. This team, I feel like, is an extension of my family."
Missouri offered Shaw a scholarship in October 2020, according to the composite. He took his official visit to MU back in June, visiting each of his final five schools in a 12-day span.
"I know that my family is going to be at every game and it'll be great to have that extra support and just see them in the crowd," Shaw said.
Shaw is the second player to commit as part of Missouri's 2022 class. Christian Jones, a guard from East. St. Louis, Illinois, pledged to the Tigers in early July. Jones is not rated by the composite.
Shaw is seen as one of two Kansas prospects of high priority to Missouri. Mark Mitchell, a five-star small forward from Wichita, took one of his official visits to MU.
Mitchell is the No. 16 prospect in the 2022 class and the Tigers will have to fend off a few blueblood programs to land him. The rest of Mitchell's top four is Duke, Kansas and UCLA.
247Sports' national basketball director, Eric Bossi, had high praise for Shaw, citing his maturation since becoming a Division I prospect.
"He's always been long and athletic but he's steadily added to his skill game," Bossi said. "He's learned how to impact the game on both ends of the floor. He's really become a high-level defender. He can switch (position Nos.1-4), which is really desired in today's game. He gets out in transition, he obviously plays above the rim. He's starting to develop his game as a jump shooter.
"I remember the Class of 2012, 10 years ago, watching (Detroit Pistons forward) Jerami Grant develop at DeMatha (Maryland) High School, and watching Aidan's track, he really reminds me so much of him at the same age."
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