Missouri basketball: A look at Mizzou's 2021-22 roster with transfers, incoming freshmen
The Missouri men's basketball roster looks completely different than three weeks ago.
Part of that is due to graduation, but most changes can be traced to the transfer portal, with half of the Tigers' roster having entered college basketball's version of free agency.
In total, 75% of the 2020-21 roster won't be back in Columbia this fall, barring any unexpected changes.
After the program returned 88% of its scoring and 82% of minutes played from 2018-19 to 2019-20, those numbers will plummet for Cuonzo Martin's fifth season at Missouri.
Martin is tasked with replacing at least 79.6% of his scoring from this year's NCAA Tournament team, 78.3% of minutes played and 72.8% of rebounding.
Here is what Missouri's roster for next season looks like as of now:
The Huntsville, Alabama, native has played an integral role for Missouri since arriving on campus two summers ago.
Now, he will be the only returning player to start more than two games in the 2020-21 season. Brown started each of the Tigers' 26 games, one of three players to do so.
Brown has never been the most experienced or evident vocal leader since coming to Columbia. But his maturation has been clear, making less mistakes at every turn and building on smart decisions to play quality minutes.
The 6-foot-7 forward should be one of the centerpieces in Martin's plans to return the Tigers to the NCAA Tournament.
Pickett is the only returnee aside from Brown to start a game for the Tigers.
The Belleville, Illinois, native played in all 26 games last season, making two starts.
Toward the end of the season, Pickett was limited by an ankle injury but didn't miss a game — a credit to his toughness and conditioning.
Pickett is a trusted member of the Missouri roster, and Martin has displayed faith in the 6-foot-5 guard who favors playing on the wing as opposed to ball-handling.
A healthy Pickett should see more action this fall and winter, like his first two seasons in Columbia, where he started a combined 53 games.
The Columbia, Maryland, native knew he would have to wait to play major minutes at Missouri, playing behind Jeremiah Tilmon and Mitchell Smith.
Wilmore is a 7-foot-3 center but played in only five games and 22 total minutes during his first season with the Tigers.
What Wilmore is capable of at the college level remains a bit of an unknown.
That should change quickly at the start of next season because of the makeup of the Tigers' roster.
Mizzou basketball's transfer additions
Green Bay transfer guard Amari Davis will join the Tigers with three years of eligibility remaining despite playing two seasons for Green Bay, as a result of NCAA relief rules amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In his time with the Phoenix, Davis averaged 16.5 points, including 17.2 per game last season, earning him second-team all-Horizon League honors.
Davis committed to Green Bay when it was coached by Linc Darner, a former Purdue teammate of Martin.
“Amari is a proven scorer and defender who can have an immediate impact in the SEC on both ends of the floor,” Martin said. “His ability to create scoring opportunities and finish at the rim will help us from the jump.”
Kansas State transfer guard DaJuan (pronounced Day-Schwann) Gordon also comes to Columbia with three years of eligibility remaining.
The 6-foot-4 Gordon started 22 of Kansas State's 25 games this past season and was third on the team in minutes played (28.5 per game). Gordon averaged 9.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per game last season.
“I wanted to come to Mizzou because I want to play for Coach Martin,” Gordon said. “He’s a tough coach, and he’s all about winning.”
Jarron "Boogie" Coleman
One of the biggest boxes on Missouri's transfer portal wish list was checked off with Ball State transfer point guard Jarron "Boogie" Coleman, who likewise could be a Tiger the next three years.
After the transfer of Xavier Pinson and graduation of Dru Smith, Missouri needed a primary point guard and ball-handler. Coleman could fill both those voids.
In 2019-20, Coleman earned Mid-American Conference freshman of the year honors. He played in all 31 of the Cardinals' games and made 25 starts.
As a sophomore, Coleman missed the first 10 games of the year while recovering from foot surgery. He played in 13 games, starting 10, while averaging 13.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.
A welcomed statistic for Tiger fans: Coleman's 42.5% 3-point shooting mark.
“I chose to play for Mizzou and coach Martin because the staff made me feel likely family from day one,” Coleman said. “I also feel like with all the new players and the group we have coming in, we can do something special together.”
DeGray is Missouri's first frontcourt addition this offseason via the transfer portal, coming to Columbia after a year at UMass.
He's a former three-star high school prospect who held a Missouri offer before joining the Minutemen.
The 6-foot-7, 220-pound DeGray averaged 8.7 points and 4.6 rebounds per game while shooting 37% from 3-point range during his only season at UMass.
Missouri basketball's incoming freshmen
Brookshire is a 6-foot point guard. The Kickapoo High School standout was ranked No. 90 in ESPN’s 2021 Top 100 national rankings and tabbed the No. 3 player in Missouri.
Brookshire averaged 20.5 points, 4 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game as a junior, captaining the Chiefs to the Missouri Class 5 semifinals before the state Final Four was canceled due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He returned to the state tournament this year and helped led Kickapoo to a state title.
Brookshire was the first Tiger to commit to the 2021 class back in May 2020. He recently was named the Springfield News-Leader's boys basketball player of the year.
Brookshire grew up in Milwaukee before moving in sixth grade to Springfield, where he lives with his uncle, former Missouri State standout Rob Yanders.
“Anton is a special player who can shoot the lights-out from deep and beat you off the bounce,” Martin said. “He’s a scoring lead guard that will make his teammates around him better.”
Brazile is a 6-foot-8 small forward with a 7-foot wingspan who averaged 11.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game at Parkview High School as a junior before transferring to Kickapoo for his senior campaign.
Brazile's profile quickly rose on the travel circuit following his junior season, and he committed to the Tigers the day he received an offer, calling MU “the place he always wanted to be.”
Alongside Brookshire, Brazile capped his high school career with a state championship.
“Trevon is an explosive athlete who has the potential to be a really good player on both ends of the floor because he’s multi-dimensional,” Martin said. “His quickness at his size and length is very difficult to defend.”
Durugordon, a 6-foot-7 forward, is the first Queens, New York, native to join the program since Missouri’s all-time leading scorer, Derrick Chievous, who starred in Columbia from 1984-88.
Durugordon enrolled at Missouri in January — the lone 2021 signee to do so.
As a high school junior, Durugordon averaged 23 points and 11.5 rebounds per game while shooting 44% from 3-point range.
“Sean is a physical player with a high basketball IQ who brings his hard hat on both ends of the floor,” Martin said. “He attacks the glass relentlessly and can guard every position. He’s a tough-minded guy who empties the tank every time he steps on the floor.”
The younger brother of soon-to-be Missouri junior Kobe Brown chose Martin’s program over Minnesota, West Virginia and others.
As a 6-foot-6 combo guard, Kaleb Brown will reunite with Kobe after leading Lee High School in Huntsville, Alabama, to more than 20 wins in 2018-19.
“Kaleb is the type of high-character guy you want in a program who studies the game all the time,” Martin said. “He embodies everything we talk about when we say Big Guard U at Mizzou, combining tremendous ball-handling skills with strength in the paint and the ability to finish at the rim through contact.”
Keita, a 6-foot-9 center, starred at De Smet High School in St. Louis under former Martin assistant Kent Williams.
Keita was ranked in Rivals’ Top 150 prospects nationally at No. 145 and is the Class of 2021's No. 24 center.
Keita shot 51.2% from the field as a junior, averaging 8 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. He missed his senior season with a torn ACL.
He moved to the United States from the African country of Mali before high school, growing up a soccer player before switching to basketball.
“Yaya is dominant defensively and fits everything we expect in our program,” Martin said. “He plays hard, he plays tough and he rebounds and defends with the best of them. We’re excited to keep developing his game when he arrives on campus.”
Missouri currently has one open scholarship spot to complete the roster for next season.
Unless Martin wants to utilize Wilmore and Keita exclusively as the team's center, bringing in an experienced low-post player with a proficiency in shot blocking and rebounding would still be ideal. Although, that creates less playing time for two promising young players.
Whom Martin and his staff are targeting is a bit of a mystery, but quality additions exist in an overflowing transfer portal.
Determining an identity for a 13th and final scholarship player for Missouri is not close to straightforward.
One route is not filling it at all right now, like Martin chose throughout 2020-21, as it isn't realistic that more than eight players would get significant minutes.
Using the maximum roster size likely would mean Martin is infatuated with that addition and has plans to utilize him as part of the main rotation of players.
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