Mizzou men’s basketball Signs 7-foot-3 center Jordan Wilmore

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – Mizzou Men’s Basketball signed 7-foot-3 Baltimore, Md., native, Jordan Wilmore to its 2020 recruiting class, head coach Cuonzo Martin announced Wednesday. Wilmore, who played at Whitehaven High School in Memphis, Tenn., inked a National Letter of Intent to play his collegiate career at Mizzou.

The colossal center helped steer Whitehaven to a 25-8 record and a 2019 District championship under coach Faragi Phillips, who is now an assistant at Vanderbilt. Wilmore’s senior campaign was highlighted by a 28-point outburst on 12-of-14 shooting vs. Oakhaven.

“Jordan has great length and a good feel for the game,” Martin said. “He is disruptive defensively protecting the rim and excellent on the glass, and will be a solid back-to-the-basket big for us. Jordan is a high-character guy, whose passion to be great at this level fits our program well.”

After graduating high school with Shelby County Schools Honors and an Above Exemplary Diploma, Wilmore opted to spend a year developing his game at Atlanta’s Skills Factory Prep School.

“I chose Mizzou because of how real and genuine Coach Martin and his staff are,” Wilmore said. “They did not try to sugarcoat anything, and they were honest with me about my development and where I need to be to become a great basketball player. They’ve welcomed me home, and I feel like I’ve arrived home at Mizzou.”

Wilmore averaged more than eight points and three blocks and grabbed nearly 10 rebounds per game at Whitehaven. En route to the District 16 AAA championship, his squad defeated Memphis East and the nation’s top 2019 prospect, James Wiseman, in the title game. 

Wilmore is the son of Brenda Wilmore, and he has two brothers, Troy Wilmore and Kendale Thomas. Wilmore loves volunteering and enjoys being with his family in his spare time. He’s most notably been involved with the Feed the Homeless initiative, and the Foster Care Program, along with his mother. After his playing career, Jordan hopes to run a business feeding and helping the homeless, and one that helps the foster care system establish improved screening programs to aid children find good, forever homes.

— MU Athletics —