Vashon’s Mario McKinney commits to Mizzou basketball

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BRANSON MO NEWS: Cuonzo Martin has landed another St. Louis target.Vashon guard Mario McKinney, a local talent with a last name familiar to Missouri fans, became the latest area recruit to commit to Martin at Mizzou, announcing his verbal pledge on social media Monday. He becomes the first member of MU’s 2019 recruiting class and the fifth player from the area to pick Mizzou since Martin was hired 18 months ago.McKinney posted a two-minute video on Twitter featuring highlight clips of his high school career, ending with footage of of his older cousin, former Missouri guard Jimmy McKinney, who played for the Tigers from 2002-06. McKinney holds a framed photo of the former Tiger in the video’s final shot.

AV, Stank, Sauce.. This for you. 🙏❗❗ C O M M I T T E D❗❗ pic.twitter.com/7B9jccqco4— Mario McKinney Jr./ HoodieRio.. 🧕🏽 (@Boog341) September 24, 2018

“With the McKinney name on my back,” he says in the video, “it holds a lot because the McKinneys before me. With all that being said I will be attending the University of Mizzou.” McKinney declined an interview request Monday. McKinney, a 6-2 second-team All-Metro selection last season, averaged 17 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals as a junior at Vashon. He was named the Public High League’s player of the year and earned Class 4 all-state honors by the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association. In a huge February victory over Webster Groves and Texas-bound Courtney Ramey, McKinney led Vashon with 19 points and added five rebounds, four assists and three steals. He helped guide Vashon to state championships in 2016 and 2017.McKinney is rated a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and the nation’s No. 30th-ranked point guard. He’s a three-star prospect by 247Sports.com and the nation’s No. 23 combo guard.He continued to make a …



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