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Missouri picks up junior college power forward

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One of the hottest available recruits on the junior college circuit is Tony Criswell.
Well, the available tag can now be removed from the Oklahoma native's description.
The one-time UAB and now Independence (Kan.) Community College big man committed to Frank Haith and the Missouri Tigers on Tuesday night.
"I think he felt the most comfortable with coach Haith," said Al Johnson, Criswell's adviser and former summer coach. "Through this whole process they were the first ones to recruit him really hard and they were the first ones to offer him."
A long and athletic 6-foot-9 power forward who has some skill facing the basket, Criswell blew up during the month of July at juco scout Jerry Mullen's Juco Top 100 Camp.
Haith, his players and assistant coach Isaac Chew took it from there with the three-star prospect.
"When he went on the visit he really bonded with the players and he loved the environment," Johnson told Rivals.com. "Coach Chew did a really good job with him and his bond with Coach Haith was really important.
"From seeing him at Mullen's, they jumped right on him and let him know that they wanted him but they never put too much pressure on him."
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