Mizzou signs forward from Utah to boost 2016 recruiting class

Kim Anderson continues to add to his 2016-17 roster.

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Kim Anderson needs players to turn around the Mizzou men’s basketball program, and the third-year coach added one more on Monday.

The Tigers signed Jakoby Kemp, a 6-foot-9, 215-pound forward from Layton, Utah. He will join the program’s 2016 recruiting class. Kemp has begun summer classes and joined the Tigers for offseason workouts.

Kemp grew substantially after his junior season, when he averaged 6.9 points per game and Layton won its first state title since 1988. His senior season he averaged 12.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game as Layton advanced to the state semifinals.

"We’re thrilled to have Jakoby join the Mizzou basketball family," Anderson said. "His height and athleticism stood out to us on the recruiting trail, but his work ethic and resiliency may be his strongest attributes."

Kemp, a late bloomer, earned all-state honorable mention honors from The Deseret News.

"It’s exciting to get to a school where there is something to build, something great we can achieve together," Kemp said. "Mizzou is at the highest competitive level in college sports, with great facilities and support. I can’t wait to get started."