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May 4, 2011
Jervon Pressley is hoping the third time is a charm.
"At first, I was committed to Charlotte, but then coach (Bobby) Lutz got fired and my recruiting process opened back up," Pressley explained. "Then I signed with Georgia State, but coach (Rod) Barnes got fired. I got released from my LOI and it's been open again."
In his third go-round at the recruiting process, Pressley now has a list of three: Missouri, Robert Morris and Towson. He has taken official visits to the last two and will be in Columbia beginning on Wednesday.
At first blush, the Tigers would have a significant advantage based simply on the level of play and membership in the Big 12 Conference. The 6-foot-7, 230-pound forward from E.E. Waddell High School in Charlotte says that isn't the case.
"No sir," he said. "I'm just looking for the perfect fit. I feel that I can play at any level in the world."
Tim Fuller is Pressley's lead recruiter from Mizzou and shares those feelings. Pressley claims the Tigers have offered him a scholarship.
"They like that I'm aggressive, physical, can score in the post," he said. "As a player I play above the rim, I can finish in traffic, finish with contact, I'm strong. What I need to work on is probably need to sharpen up my face up moves and that's probably about it."
Here is what Rivals.com analyst Eric Bossi wrote about Pressley upon his commitment to Georgia State: "A physically imposing, athletic and tough 6-foot-8 235 pounder from Charlotte (N.C.) Waddell, Pressley is downright mean around the basket. He encourages physical play in the paint and works the glass."
Pressley is looking not only for a third home in a school, but also a second chance after some people had written him off. He says in the past there were times "I was kind of a headcase. But that has changed. (Missouri) sees that and they want to take me in."
Pressley did not rule out making a commitment on his trip to Mizzou, but says he is not sure when he will decide.
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