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Four-star small forward Aidan Shaw, the No. 53 overall player in the 2022 class, made his college commitment on Friday morning live on CBS Sports HQ to the Missouri Tigers.
“I’m ready to continue to Cinderella story at the University of Missouri,” he said. “We’ve been building a relationship since ninth grade and I’ve been talking with the whole coaching staff since then. It’s just been great. We have conversations not only about basketball, but about being a man.”
The 6-foot-8 prospect from Kansas chose Mizzou, allowing him to stay close to home, over a final group of Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri and Oklahoma State.
“I really feel like it’s family,” he added of Missouri. “I really feel the love from them. I know that my family will be at every game, and it’ll be great to have that extra support and to be able to see them in the crowd.”
Shaw’s commitment to Missouri was not a surprise — the Tigers had invested a ton of effort in gaining a foothold as the frontrunner n his recruitment — but it’s nonetheless impactful for Missouri as it continues to build under Cuonzo Martin.
“I think he’s a big fit for them, and he’s a big fit for what [the staff] is trying to do in terms of locking down the best [local] talent,” 247Sports’ Eric Bossi said of the commitment. “[Cuonzo Martin] is building the kind of roster he likes. … He thinks he’s got workers, he thinks he’s got versatile athletes who can get out and pressure defensively. There’s a lot of interchangeable parts.”