Mizzou Monday: Pressey at the NBA Combine

The 2013 NBA Combine came to its close Sunday, and the results for former Mizzou point guard Phil Pressey are in. <br><br>Pressey, who has decided to pass on his senior season as a Tiger to chase his NBA dream, was dissected in every which way.<br><br>Here’s how he measured up.<br><br>Pressey stood 5 foot 9 1/2 inches without his shoes on. That tied former Baylor point guard Pierre Jackson as the shortest in the 63-player group. Just five players were shorter than 6 feet. Pressey was also the fifth-lightest player at the combine, weighing 177 pounds. His wingspan (6-2 1/4) and reach (7-8) were the third-shortest of those measured.<br><br>Pressey’s standing vertical jump measured 33 inches, which placed him in a four-way tie for seventh-best at the combine. His maximum vertical was 38 1/2 inches, which tied for 11th-best. He finished in the middle of the pack in the lane agility test — a drill that times how fast players move around the key — but roasted most combine participants in the sprint. Pressey ran three quarters of the basketball court in 3.13 seconds, the fourth-fastest time of any participant.<br><br>And one more interesting note: While Pressey’s hands (7 3/4 inches long, 9 3/4 inches wide) are on the short end, they are as wide as former Kansas big man Jeff Withey’s. This could shed some light on Pressey’s passing touch.<br><br>So, now you know the numbers. But what do they tell us?<br><br>Certainly, NBA teams with size biases will pass on Pressey. The point guard’s speed and athleticism, though, were impressive. A team that drafts Pressey will have to be certain his court vision and playmaking ability can overcome his physical deficiencies. <br><br><b>MINING SEC COUNTRY:</b> I’ve been hard on the Missouri football team for some of its recent recruiting woes, but I might need to eat some crow. According to Scout.com, Gary Pinkel’s staff locked in two players from the SEC footprint this past week. First came Finus Stribling — a 6-0, 170 cornerback from Independence High School in Thompson’s Station, Tenn. The second is Paul Adams — a 6-6, 245 offensive tackle from Christ Presbyterian Academy in Nashville. A high school teammate of Adams’, wide receiver Thomas Richard (6-0, 185), committed to Missouri previously, meaning three of the Tigers’ 10 2014 commits are from Tennessee. <br><br><b>GIBSON RISING:</b> Former Mizzou pitcher Kyle Gibson was on the fast track to MLB success before Tommy John surgery shut him down in 2011. It appears the Minnesota Twins’ No. 2 pitching prospect, currently with Triple-A Rochester, is all better. The right-hander threw a three-hit shutout Sunday, and did it in just 93 pitches. It was his second shutout in three starts. Hard to stay out of the show with performances like that.<br><br><b>SOFTBALL SUCCESS:</b> The Missouri softball team is one of three programs in the country to punch a ticket to six consecutive Super Regional appearances in the Division I Softball Championship.<br><br>The sixth-seeded Tigers finished off Hofstra on Sunday, and will host No. 11 Washington in a best-of-three series that starts Thursday.<br><br>The Tigers will go as far as the arm of star pitcher Chelsea Thomas can take them. Perhaps the most dominant Mizzou athlete of all time, Thomas continues to add to her legend. Her one-hitter Sunday was the sixth shutout in her last seven starts. She is expected to start every game from here on out.<br><br>