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Tibaldi stays while Anderson makes his rounds

By Austin Kim, Sports Director, austin.kim@kmiz.com
Published On: May 01 2014 10:10:03 PM CDT
Updated On: May 01 2014 10:19:25 PM CDT
Kim Anderson's introduction

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Kim Anderson at the podium as he is introduced as new Mizzou coach

COLUMBIA, Mo. -

Thursday was another busy day for Kim Anderson, has he made moves for his staff and around the state.

Anderson announced Bryan Tibaldi would remain with the team as director of basketball operations. Tibaldi, who is a former graduate assistant and player under Tom Izzo at Michigan State, has spent the last three years in Columbia. He will join Tim Fuller and Brad Loos on the Missouri bench.

The new Mizzou men's basketball coach was also in Cape Girardeau for the Mizzou caravan. He joined Robin Pingeton, Josh Henson, Maty Mauk and Johnathan Williams III for the fan meet-and-greet. He also spoke with reporters about his busy week, which includes meeting with Missouri signee Namon Wright. The guard from California has not given a clear indication if he will come to MU, but Anderson and Wright both plan to talk more in the future.

In recruiting news, former Rock Bridge guard Ricky Kreklow says he is interested in returning to Columbia. Kreklow has one more year of eligibility left and intends to transfer from California. In a text message to ABC 17 Sports Director Austin Kim, Kreklow said, "Mizzou has shown interest and has reached out to contact me. I'm definitely going to listen and am interested in the possibility of returning."

Another Missouri target is being courted by more teams. Wisconsin, Nebraska and Wake Forest all offered Hickman guard Jimmy Whitt. The rising senior has a Mizzou offer, and is one of the top guards in the state. Whitt helped the Kewpies get to a state finals appearance in March, before falling in overtime to CBC.

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