Busting Brackets

Missouri basketball: Analyzing incoming transfers for the 2024-25 season

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Jacob Crews

The first addition for Mizzou was Jacob Crews out of UT-Martin. Crews is a 6’8 wing, and fills a couple of needs to Missouri, outside shooting and rebounding. Last season, for the Skyhawks, Crews averaged 19.1 points per game and shot over 41 percent from behind the arc. He scored 20 or more points 16 times this past season and topped 30 points on four different occasions. Crews is comfortable taking a ton of shots, and there will be plenty of shots to go around with the current makeup of the Missouri roster. 

Crews’ biggest upside for Missouri is his size and scoring ability. He is capable of scoring almost anywhere on the floor. He has great range and can score in various ways. Crews has a good first step that allows him to get past slower defenders. His size allows him to take advantage of smaller defenders in the post. Crews also has a decent touch around the rim, but he might need to improve in that area against SEC defenses. He can get to the basket but excels from behind the three-point arc. All that is to say that Jacob Crews is joining a team in desperate need of scoring, and if his past is any indication of what he will be for Mizzou, then he should thrive in this offense.

Crews is also a good rebounder. He averaged 8.2 per game and grabbed double-digit rebounds in nine different games this past season. No Mizzou player came close to those numbers. If his rebounding skills translate to the SEC then he should be nothing but upside for the Tigers. 

The one question about Crews’ game is on the defensive end. I didn’t see a lot of film of him on defense, but last season he did have multiple games with two or more blocks and steals. Crews won’t be expected to be a lockdown defender, and as long as he can replicate most of his offensive performance from this past season, then Crews will be a great addition to the Tigers.