When Quin Snyder succeeded Norm Stewart at Missouri in 1999, he needed a star player to rebuild the Tigers program around. He found one in Kareem Rush.
The middle of three basketball playing brothers from Kansas City — older brother JaRon played at UCLA while younger brother Brandon was on Kansas’ 2008 national title team — Rush averaged 18.9 PPG in three collegiate seasons, including a Big 12-leading 21.1 PPG as a sophomore in 2000–2001. As a junior, Rush led the 12th-seeded Tigers to a surprise Elite Eight appearance.
Since being selected 20th overall by the Toronto Raptors, Rush has seen time in the NBA, Lithuania, D-League and semi-pro ABA. He’s currently with the ABA’s Los Angeles Slam, and in 2010 launched an R&B singing career with the single “Hold You Down.”
No. 17 Mizzou hosts Georgia Wednesday night in Columbia. Kareem Rush profile