Phil Pressey still owns another full year of eligibility on top of whatever remains of this season. He’ll have that time — or as much as he wants of it — to pad the records he’s set in short order.
Pressey carved his name in the Missouri record books on Saturday, becoming the program’s all-time assists leader after dishing out four dimes during a win on Saturday over Ole Miss. The junior floor general broke the record previously held by former Tigers great Anthony Peeler (1989-92), who compiled 497 assists during his four-year college career. Pressey (499) is just one assist shy of becoming the second active junior (Chaz Williams) to eclipse the 500 plateau.
Nicknamed “Flip” for his innate ability to flip off quick passes, Pressey was named one of 12 finalists on the watch list for the Bob Cousy Award given to the nation’s top point guard. The preseason SEC Player of the Year is averaging a career-best 7.0 assists per game. He doled out a single-game high 19 in an overtime loss at UCLA in December.
Although his turnover rate is up and shooting percentage way down, the nifty 5-foot-11 Pressey is among the game’ s most electrifying playmakers.