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Who Mizzou basketball is recruiting, losing and keeping so far


Dennis Gates spends a moment with his brother, Nebraska assistant coach Armon Gates, during Dennis' introduction as Missouri's next basketball coach last week at the Albrecht Family Practice Facility inside Mizzou Arena.

The offseason for Missouri men’s basketball has just begun, and already there’s been movement in and out of Columbia.

This is all while new head coach Dennis Gates has yet to set his coaching staff.

Here is a look at the current status of Missouri’s scholarship count, recruiting interest and transfer portal departures:

Mizzou basketball commits and signees

  • Mohamed Diarra (Garden City Community College)
  • DeAndre Gholston (Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
  • Christian Jones (East St. Louis)

So far, Gates has three incoming players set to play for Missouri next season.

Gholston announced his commitment Saturday, marking two commits in two days. Diarra, Gates’ first commit, announced his intentions to join MU on Friday.

Gholston averaged 14.4 points and 4.3 rebounds per game at UW-Milwaukee. In his career at Milwaukee, he also shot 34.2% from beyond 3-point range. It’s a welcome addition to the Missouri guard rotation, which struggled to shoot consistently.

Jones has been with Missouri since signing his national letter of intent and is a three-star combo guard prospect.

According to Verbal Commits, there are currently over 920 entrants into the transfer portal. Of those 900 players, there’s bound to be at least one more that Gates can convince to don a Tigers uniform.

Illinois' Da'Monte Williams (20) looks to pass the ball against Missouri's Trevon Brazile (23) last season.

Transfer portal departures

  • Javon Pickett
  • Anton Brookshire
  • Trevon Brazile
  • Jordan Wilmore
  • Sean Durugordon (mid-season entrant)

These players all have the option to return to Missouri. However, it’s fair to imagine Brookshire, Wilmore and Durugordon won’t take that avenue.

Wilmore was the most recent transfer, entering the portal Monday.

Pickett, who has a year of eligibility left granted by the NCAA due to COVID-19, and Brazile, who was only a true freshman, can help a team immediately.

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