Mizzou adds JUCO standout Geist to basketball roster

During a visit to campus on Friday afternoon, Jordan Geist of Ranger College (Texas) committed to the University of Missouri and Head Coach Kim Anderson.  In his freshman season at Ranger, Geist, a 6-foot-3 combo guard, averaged 15.1 points per game.  At Homestead High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Geist was a teammate of Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan.  Ranger College is a two-year school in Ranger, Texas, a small community of approximately 2,000 residents, 90 miles west of Fort Worth.

Geist earned second-team NJCAA All-American honors last season, as Ranger finished fourth in the Division 1 national tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas, with a season record of 31-7.  In the 2015 Indiana Class 4A state championship game, Geist, scored 18 points with eight rebounds, helping Homestead to an overtime win.  At that time, mid-major programs like Wright State, Ball State, and Green Bay were recruiting him.  Now, at Mizzou, he will have three years of eligibility with the SEC’s Tigers.  Geist will join a pair of players from Garfield Heights High School in Ohio (Frankie Hughes and Willie Jackson), and forwards Mitchell Smith and Reed Nikko in Mizzou’s 2016 recruiting class.

Missouri still has one scholarship open for the 2016-2017 season.  The roster is undergoing a giant makeover, after four guards – Martavian Payne, Wes Clark, Tramaine Isabell, and Namon Wright – were either dismissed from the team or decided to transfer last season.  Forward D’Angelo Allen also decided to transfer late last season.

Self-imposed sanctions, announced in January, will strip Mizzou of one scholarship before 2018.