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Arizona target Parker Braun commits to Missouri, will be a preferred walk-on

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Braun will reportedly be put on scholarship in 2019-20

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Arizona Wildcats target Parker Braun has committed to the Missouri Tigers, according to his travel team, Mokan Basketball.

The unranked forward will start his Missouri career as a preferred walk-on, but will become a scholarship player in 2019-20, per PowerMizzou.com. The Tigers ran out of 2018-19 scholarships when Jontay Porter withdrew from the NBA Draft.

Aside from Arizona, Braun also had offers from Illinois, LSU, Ole Miss and Nebraska.

The Overland Park, Kansas native was UA’s last known 2018 recruiting target, so it seems increasingly likely that the Wildcats will roll into the 2018-19 season with the roster they already have, especially since they recently put former walk-on Jake DesJardins on scholarship.

Arizona has enough depth at guard and on the wing to survive, but things are a little dicey in the frontcourt.

UA returns Ira Lee, who had a minuscule role as a freshman, and adds Pitt graduate transfer Ryan Luther, who played just 10 games last year due to an injury, and Chase Jeter, who struggled in two seasons at Duke before transferring to Arizona.

There’s also Emmanuel Akot, who, like Lee, didn’t play much as a freshman.

It’s unlikely Braun would have played much, if at all, as a freshman at Arizona, but he would have added a fifth body into the mix, and you can never have too much depth.

But the Wildcats never hosted Braun for a visit, so it doesn’t seem like they had a whole lot of interest in bringing him on board.


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