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Class of 2013 Metea Valley Center Hayden Barnard was one of best unsigned seniors in state. Monday he came off the board with his commitment to Missouri as a preferred walk on. Barnard broke down the decision.
"It's always been a dream of mine to play for Mizzou. At the end of my senior year season, I had a few D1 offers, but I decided to give AAU one last shot to see in hopes that Missouri might take a look at me…… After they saw me, they called me and offered me a preferred walk-on spot. I feel very humbled by this opportunity and I'm excited to help the team out in anyway I can. I'm meeting with Coach Haith on June 18th and I'll take a tour of the facilities and meet with the rest of the coaching staff. Recent success pushed me towards it. Humbled by the opportunity."
The senior is a 6'9" athletic post that excels at blocking shots. He also has potential in his post game with a soft touch around the hoop. He discusses how he will fit into Mizzou's style of play.
"I love how Missouri gets up and down the floor and uses their size. Blocking shots has always been my big thing, but I'm excited to work on the offensive side of my game too."
Barnard has a major family connection with the Tigers as well.
"Well both of my parents attended Mizzou so we grew up watching every Mizzou game. Plus my grandfather played basketball for Missouri. My brother goes there as well. So you could say that I was born to be a Missouri Tiger."