COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's Mike Anderson is one basketball coach who literally means it when he talks about the Tiger program as his family.
A highly anticipated recruiting class which joins the rest of the team at Friday's first practice includes the two sons of Anderson's best friend, former NBA star Paul Pressey.
The fifth-year coach counts on nephew T.J. Cleveland as his top recruiter. Former Missouri guard Michael Anderson Jr. remains on campus as a graduate assistant and coach-in-training. DeMarre Carroll, another Anderson nephew, led Missouri's recent resurgence and now plays in the NBA.
Anderson also counts a member of the extended Missouri basketball family among his freshmen. Shooting guard Ricky Kreklow is the son of Tiger volleyball coach Wayne Kreklow, a former Boston Celtic with an NBA championship ring.