Mizzou AEPi Enlists Star Point Guard Phil Pressey To Help Promote Rock-a-Thon, Their Wildly Successful Philanthropy (VIDEO)

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AEPi’s Rock-a-Thon is one of the most successful philanthropies at the University of Missouri every year. This year, AEPi enlisted the help of Mizzou’s star point guard and likely future first round NBA draft pick, Phil Pressey, to help promote the philanthropy with a fun little video. Cool stuff.

In 2011, Rock-a-Thon raised over $80,000 for the American Cancer Society, specifically their Leukemia research. Rock-a-Thon is a pretty unique and entertaining philanthropy, I’ll let the official Rock-a-Thon website do the explaining:

So how does this philanthropy work?

A brother from the fraternity is elected as the rocker. This brother is a role model for the house, someone who has put in his time as a quality brother, student and person throughout their college career.

On the first morning of Rock-A-Thon, the rocker sits down in a rocking chair on a stage set up on 9th Street and Broadway in downtown Columbia, Missouri. The rocker rocks in the chair for 63 straight hours while brothers and volunteers ask for donations through canning around mid-Missouri. This year, our canning locations will reach St. Louis and Kansas City for the first time.

After three days of constant canning, the exhausted brotherhood and restless rocker gather at the corner of 9th Street and Broadway for the final announcement. With some help from his fraternity brothers, the rocker stands up from the rocking chair signifying the end of Rock-A-Thon. It is at that point that the grand total is announced.

Although canning is our main source of donations, sponsorship from the community and support from family, alumni and the American Cancer Society help us reach record-setting numbers year after year.

Rock-A-Thon takes months of planning and an unquantifiable amount of passion from the brotherhood. We hope you will either join us from April 25-27, 2013 or make your contribution through the Rock-A-Thon website to help fight cancer.

Quite impressive, really.

Yay for fighting cancer! You should donate! Et cetera! Let’s get to what’s really important here, which is that this has got to be good karma for Mizzou this Thursday in the NCAA Tournament, right? RIGHT!?!? Maybe for the whole weekend? I mean, Flip’s helping fight cancer here. That’s got to buy the Tigers a full 40 minutes of intelligent play from Pressey and prevent another late game meltdown that makes me want to throw my TV, and then myself, into oncoming traffic, doesn’t it? PLEASE GOD LET THIS BE TRUE!

Plus, while Pressey is buying good karma points by helping AEPi raise Rock-a-Thon awareness, Missouri is slated to face one, and possibly two, of the sleaziest coaches in the entire field. Colorado State’s coach, Larry Eustachy, famously partied at Mizzou in 2003 after his Iowa State Cyclones lost to Missouri. Apparently Eustachy was so drunk that students had to call a cab for him, and he also propositioned several girls at the party.

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Should Mizzou be lucky enough to move on to the round of 32, they would most certainly face a Louisville squad helmed by Rick Pitino, who has, uh, done some stuff.

I’m inclined to think this is good karma, but then again I’m a blind optimist when it comes to Mizzou sports, because if I weren’t I would have attempted to hang myself roughly 90 times in my life.

So good on Phil for helping out with a good cause, if there’s any justice in the universe that gives us at least one tournament win, and very cool of AEPi to get the most famous athlete on campus to participate.

If you’d like to donate to AEPi’s Rock-a-Thon you can do so here. I suggest you do.

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  1. 18
    J Parks

    Mizzou is cutting down the Midwestern regional nets, Colorado State will not be able to hit a single 3, Pressey’s ligaments won’t tear all string cheese-like, and Frank Haith will be a phenomenon late minute decision-maker.

    You cannot prove this is a reverse jinx Guaranteed.

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    ReaganKA

    This was about as useless as Elton John’s dick at the playboy mansion. Nobody cares about Missouri but you Bacon. Stop writing about that shitty school in that shitty state.

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      Dick_Pound

      Apparently you only watch your team. First round draft pick talent looks more like Trey Burke, Shane Larkin, Erick Green. Ricky Rubio is 6’4″ by the way. So your size argument is kind of a fail. Shouldn’t Pressey do more and be the guy to average 20pts/6-7assists per game on a team that isn’t as good? Shouldn’t he be the go to guy? Right now Pressey is a mid to late 2nd round pick at best. Solid basketball player, just not first round talent right now.

      Seriously, you don’t PLAY a lot of basketball, huh? Definitely not.

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    • 2
      Bacon

      http://www.nbadraft.net/ranking/ncaa/2014

      He sits at 24th on that list right now, and is ranked 48th overall for this year’s draft. 24th would make him a 1st rounder, but obviously that list only ranks juniors, it doesn’t take into account younger or foreign players. 48th would be mid second round, like you said, but taking into account another season of play (he won’t come out this year) and the fact that he’s a PG with great distribution skills, I’m confident his stock will rise into the top 30. Teams like point guards, size be damned, just ask the Nuggets how much they enjoy Ty Lawson.

      I watch plenty of teams other than my own, and while there are more complete point guards, few, if any, have his distribution skills. My mistake on the Rubio size argument, but otherwise the comparison works, as Rubio is not a great shooter, but is a brilliant distributor w/ great court vision, like Pressey. I don’t know where you got that Pressey can’t finish at the rim, because that’s just not true.

      And if playing a lot of sports were a prerequisite for knowledge of sports then ESPN’s analysis from former athletes wouldn’t be 90% dogshit.

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      Dick_Pound

      A 5’9″ point guard at best (listed at 5’11”), who is a mediocre outside shooter and finisher around the basket is not a first round NBA pick. He shot 37% from the field this year and 31% from three point land. He did not even have a 2:1 assist to turnover ratio. You think that is first round material? Playing in the SEC??? Bring him to a big boy conference and those numbers go down even further.

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      Bacon

      Those numbers were BETTER in a big boy conference (a tough Big 12) last year than they were this year. The difference this year is that he had an entirely new roster to pass to, who not only hadn’t played with him, but hadn’t played with each other. And his back up was kicked off the team. It was a tough adjustment.

      The guy has insane court vision and speed, two things that you absolutely cannot teach. You can’t go by just numbers or even size. Ricky Rubio put up underwhelming numbers in Europe, but had the skill set to be a quality NBA point guard, and now he is. I’m not saying Flip is a lottery pick or an All-Star, but he is absolutely a first round draft pick. He’s the sort of player whose game would be elevated by having better players to pass to.

      Seriously, you don’t watch a lot of basketball, huh?

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      Dick_Pound

      Ty Lawson averaged 17ppg, 6.6 assists, shot 53% from the field, and nearly 48% from three as a junior. He did that playing 28 minutes a game on a stacked team with not so many shots to go around. Pressey played 34 minutes a game as a junior. Lawson shots 16% better from two and 17% better from three. I actually enjoy watching Mizzu bball, they get up and down and run the court. If Pressey somehow goes first round at some point, hats off to him. But I just don’t see it at all.

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