The writing got a bit darker a few weeks ago when Missouri signed junior college phenom Ricky Clemmons to play point guard for the next two seasons.
The message was clear...Wesley Stokes wasn't going to be Missouri's point guard of the future either.
The transfer leaves many Missouri fans with mixed feelings. Stokes was a likable person and clearly a player who tried hard and played hard. Stokes also finished off the 2002 season playing his best ball coming off the bench. Stokes was a steadying influence during the NCAA tournament contributing solid shooting and defense in a reserve role.
However, it was clear that Stokes wanted to be THE guy and that wasn't going to happen at Missouri...not next year, not ever.
At San Diego State, Stokes will find a patient coach in Steve Fisher, and a program with lower expectations and pressure.
The departure of Stokes will also provide more immediate playing time for incoming freshman Jimmy McKinney at the point guard position, as well as his native shooting guard slot.
This move also frees up an additional scholarship that looked to be stranded for at least a season. The Tigers would have had six seniors in Stokes' senior season, and would have only been able to sign five incoming players due to NCAA rules after that year.
The kid with the distinctive dreadlocks is heading back to his home state of California, and all of us at Supermizzou wish Wesley well.