“Shortly after the season, Jakeenan and I sat down to discuss his future with Missouri basketball,” Mizzou coach Kim Anderson said in a released statement. “At that time and several other times, he confirmed his commitment to our program. In the past few weeks, his mother has developed a medical condition that necessitates his return closer to home to continue his educational and athletic pursuits.
“While disappointed, we certainly support his decision. Jakeenan has been a joy to coach these past two years and all of us, coaches, teammates and staff wish him the best. We will do all we can to help in his transition.”
Gant, a 6-foot-8 forward, is the fifth member of the Tigers’ 2014 recruiting class to depart the program for one reason or another. Montaque Gill-Caesar transferred to San Diego State last summer. D’Angelo Allen, Namon Wright and Tramaine Isabell have all transferred over the past few months.
Gant appeared in 53 games over his two seasons in Columbia, starting 10, and averaged 5.1 points and 3.8 rebounds in 15.6 minutes per game this past season as a sophomore.
“My time at Mizzou has been great and Coach Anderson and his staff really helped me develop as a player and person these past two seasons. I’ll miss Columbia, but feel the need to make a move with my family and mother in mind. I want nothing but the best for Mizzou in the future and appreciate the friendships I’ve made in my time here.”
Gant’s departure, along with that of guard Wes Clark late in the season, and Ryan Rosburg’s graduation means the Tigers no longer have any players remaining from the roster for the 2014-15 season.
That team, which went 9-23 overall and 3-15 in Southeastern Conference play in Anderson’s first season in charge, was led by Johnathan Williams III, Clark and Gill-Caesar.
Anderson and his coaching staff now have two scholarships remaining to use this spring. The Tigers recently signed guards Jordan Geist and Frankie Hughes, who were added to a recruiting class that already included small forward Willie Jackson and power forwards Mitchell Smith and Reed Nikko.