Growing up just to the west of St. Louis, Ryan Rosburg always wanted to play basketball for his home-state program. Wednesday, that dream became a reality.
The 6-foot-9 senior at Chesterfield (Mo.) Marquette announced that he would be playing for Frank Haith and the Missouri Tigers.
"I chose Mizzou because it's my dream school and the best opportunity for me to accomplish my goals," Rosburg told Rivals.com. "I want to win championships and cut down nets."
A prime target of the Tigers staff since Haith took the job last spring, Rosburg noted his relationship with the coaches and the chance to play close to home as major factors in his decision.
"I had a great relationship with coach Haith and Coach Chew and I can really trust them," said Rosburg. "I loved the idea of representing my home state and playing for the hometown fans as well as my entire family."
With his 6-foot-9 size and sturdy frame, Rosburg is a guy who is happy to play physically around the rim. One of the better shooting bigs in the class of 2012, he can also step out to make jumpers from between 15 and 20 feet.
But, when he gets to Columbia, Rosburg is looking most forward to giving the Tigers a low post presence that he feels they could use.
"Mizzou is graduating most of their front line and I saw an opportunity to come in and play right away," said Rosburg. "I see myself as an interior scorer and a good rebounder.
"I think I can really help because Mizzou hasn't had very many true big men in the past. I think I would fit well in coach Haith's inside-out offense."