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Two More Transfer From Missouri Hoops

Two more players are leaving the University of Missouri basketball program.

The University of Missouri basketball program announced Tuesday that two more players, sophomore guards Namon Wright and Tramaine Isabell, were transferring. 

“Tramaine Isabell and Namon Wright have made the Mizzou men’s basketball program aware of their intentions to transfer,” Missouri coach Kim Anderson said in a press release. “We will fully support these requests on the condition of Tramaine and Namon completing their academic requirements to close the semester. We appreciate what both Tramaine and Namon contributed during their time with the program and wish them the best as they continue to pursue their academic and athletic goals.”

The Tigers, who finished 10-21 overall and 3-15 in the Southeastern Conference, have now lost five players to transfer or dismissal since the fall, including guards Wes Clark and Martavian Payne (Graceland University) and forward D'Angelo Allen

Missouri has had eight players leave the program since last April, including Jonathan Williams III (Gonzaga), Teki Gill Caesar (San Diego State) and Deuce Bello (East Tennessee State). 

A 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Los Angeles, Wright finished third on the team in scoring this season at 9.6 points per game — Clark was second, at 9.8 — and led team in rebounding at 5.2 per game while averaging 26.5 minutes per contest. He started 25 of 31 games and played some of his best basketball down the stretch. 

Isabell, a 6-foot point guard from Seattle, averaged 6.2 points and 16.3 minutes per game, starting two of 28 games but playing sparingly late in the season. He played just two minutes in the season-finale loss to Florida on March 5.

The departures of Wright and Isabell leave Mizzou with seven scholarship players set to return next season: rising sophomores Terrence Phillips, Kevin Puryear, K.J. Walton and Cullen VanLeer, juniors-to-be Jakeenan Gant and Jordan Barnett and rising senior Russell Woods.

The Tigers have three players signed for next season — small forward Willie Jackson and post players Mitchell Smith and Reed Nikko — but have been actively recruiting more for next season and should now have available scholarships to use. 

Among Missouri’s recruiting targets for next season are North Carolina small forward DeShawn Corprew, Indiana shooting guard Eron Gordon and Pennsylvania center Cheickna Dembele.

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