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Missouri announced the signing of forward Jeremiah Tilmon of East St. Louis, Ill.
The 6-foot-10, 235-pound big man averaged 15.3 points, 11.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game. He previously committed to Illinois but then decommitted after the coaching change.
“It’s truly exciting to keep a young man like Jeremiah at home with Mizzou Basketball,” coach Cuonzo Martin said. “Jeremiah, as a player and person, possesses the type of skill and presence we’d like to become a staple of this program. We feel that he has the ability to become a game-changing presence on both ends of the floor. His parents, April and Jeremiah, Sr., raised a son who we feel can really flourish at the University of Missouri.”
Considered a Top 50 recruit nationally by ESPN, Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247 Sports, Tilmon calls East St. Louis home, much like Mizzou’s head coach. Tilmon earned First Team All-State recognition from the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association and Associated Press following his final high school campaign. He also received an all-state nod from the Chicago Tribune.
Tilmon played one season at The La Lumiere School, a preparatory academy in La Porte, Indiana, before returning home to play for the Flyers during his senior season. As a junior in 2015-16, he averaged 13.2 points and 8.2 rebounds per game during the regular season before leading the Lakers to the championship game of the Dick’s Sports Goods High School Nationals.
As a sophomore in 2014-15, Tilmon earned Illinois Class 4A All-State Honorable Mention from the Associated Press. Tilmon averaged 9.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game. For his career at East St. Louis High School, Tilmon averaged an outstanding 3.5 blocks per game.
On the Nike EYBL circuit, Tilmon played for the St. Louis Eagles program during the summer months.
Tilmon’s signing of a financial aid agreement with the University of Missouri includes him in a developing recruiting class with current signees Blake Harris (Chapel Hill, N.C.), Michael Porter, Jr. (Columbia, Mo.), C.J. Roberts (North Richland Hills, Texas) and Kassius Robertson (Toronto, Ontario).
Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.