COLUMBIA, Mo. — Much less than two weeks on the position, new Missouri men’s basketball mentor Dennis Gates faces a prolonged and important to-do list if he programs to place a extra aggressive group on the ground following period.
First, however, he’ll mentor in Friday’s NABC Reese’s Division I University All-Star Recreation in New Orleans, as part of the weekend’s Last 4 festivities. Gates is coaching the West Staff — Liberty’s Ritchie McKay will coach the East — and coincidentally, a single of his gamers is former Mizzou guard and Edwardsville native Mark Smith, who performed last year at Kansas Condition.
Just after Friday’s sport, Gates will rapidly resume the career which is having to pay him $16.5 million about the following 6 yrs. Here’s a nearer seem at 5 issues that lie forward for Gates as he takes above a Mizzou application coming off a 12-21 year, just the sixth 20-reduction time in staff background:
Entire his employees
There is no evident rush to assemble his coaching staff, but Gates could be closer to finalizing his crew of assistants soon after the Last 4, which is typically the sport’s biggest networking function.