In the national game of musical chairs that the college basketball transfer portal has become, the music has stopped.
Sunday represents the last day for players to access the portal without having to spend a season at their new destination. So after a two-month period that saw nine of last season’s 12 Missouri scholarship players enter the transfer portal and five newcomers transferred to replace them (so far), we now have some clarity as to who will remain and who the applicants must complete the remaining two team scholarships. (Although it may take a few days for last minute portal entries to be reported.)
The first takeaway is that we can now say with relative confidence that Missouri will have three returning players on next season’s roster: forward Kobe Brownhis brother, Kaleb Brownand Ronnie DeGray. This will mark the second straight season that the Tiger roster will feature just three returning players, one of whom played sparingly the previous season.
While we don’t yet know which two players will join these three as well as the other eight who have signed or committed with Missouri since Denis Gates has been hired, at least we know that the new additions will come from players who have already entered the portal. We outline the top contenders below, along with the departures and additions that have come through the transfer portal so far this offseason.
Trevon Brazil: The Springfield, Mo. native entered the transfer gate between Missouri’s firing of Martin and Gates’ hiring, and Gates couldn’t get him back on board. Brazile committed to Arkansas on March 30, making him the only transfer portal departure from last season’s roster to end up in high school. Brazile missed the first eight games of last season due to a health problem but ended up starting 23 competitions and showed impressive athleticism and versatility. He averaged 6.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 21.5 minutes per game. He will face his former team twice next season.
Anton Brookshire: Another Springfield product, Brookshire played sparingly early last season and then missed the last 15 contests with a wrist injury. Brookshire saw just under nine minutes of action per game when he adapted, averaging 1.5 points, 0.8 assists and 0.9 turnovers. He has not yet announced a destination.
Boogie Coleman: Coleman’s arrival from Ball State was met with excitement from Missouri fans and the former coaching staff. A combo guard who averaged 13.8 points per game in his second season at Ball State, Cuonzo Martin attempted to make Coleman the primary point guard for the Tigers. The experience did not go well. Coleman averaged 8.6 points, 2.8 assists and 2.7 turnovers per game. He’s scored in double digits just twice in Missouri’s last 11 games. Coleman entered the transfer portal on April 22 and has yet to announce a destination.
Amari Davis: Davis, too, made big numbers in middle school but struggled to replicate his success in Missouri. Davis averaged 16.5 points per game over two seasons in Green Bay. That average dropped to 9.0 points in his only season as a Tiger. Davis, who thrived as a mid-range shooter, was capable of scoring points, such as when he scored 23 points on a 10-10 shot at Ole Miss, but he also played 10 games in which he scored five points or less. Davis will return to the Horizon League at Wright State next season.
Sean Durugordon: Durugordon actually entered the transfer portal in the middle of last season, long before Martin left. The Athletic wing signed up at Missouri in January 2021 and donned the redshirt for the second half of the 2021-22 campaign. Even after the roster flip, he never found a consistent role, averaging 5.5 minutes in 12 games before entering the portal.
Da Juan Gordon: Gordon started all 32 games he played last season after transferring to Missouri from Kansas State. He may have been the team’s best perimeter defenseman and led the Tigers in three-point shooting at 36.4 percent, but he struggled as a ball handler. He will play at New Mexico State next season.
Yaya Keita: The De Smet big man suffered his second major knee injury in as many years at Vanderbilt on February 8. The injury ended his season. Prior to that, Keita was playing just 6.8 minutes per game and averaging 1.2 points and 1.2 rebounds.
Javon Pickett: The only fourth-year player on last year’s roster, Pickett has also been Missouri’s most consistent offensive threat. He’s scored in double digits in 16 of the 18 SEC games he’s played in. During the season, he averaged a career-high 11.1 points with 3.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists. Pickett will play his final season in Saint Louis.
Jordan Willmore: The 7-foot-3 colossus started six games early in the season for Missouri, and he scored 11 points in a win over Northern Illinois. But he soon fell out of rotation, then a back injury sidelined him for the rest of the season after Jan. 12. Wilmore will transfer to Northwestern State.
Noah Carter: Carter is an intriguing prospect. The 6-foot-6 forward posted impressive numbers at Northern Iowa, averaging 15.0 points and 4.1 rebounds per game last season. He chose the Tigers over Florida, Marquette and Virginia Tech. But he’s also spent most of his time playing No. 5 for Northern Iowa, so it seems fair to wonder how his game will translate to the bigger, more physical SEC. After his engagement in Missouri, Carter said PowerMizzou that he can play in any position.
From Andre Gholston: The first player to transfer to Missouri after Gates was named head coach, Gholston averaged 15.3 points per game over two seasons in Milwaukee. Gates watched it closely while coaching at Cleveland State, as the two faced each other five times. Gholson was a volume shooter in Milwaukee, averaging 13.8 field goal attempts per game last season. He’s shot 34.2 percent from three-point range the past two years, which the Tigers will welcome. He has two years of eligibility left.
Tre Gomillion: One of two players to follow Gates from Cleveland State to Missouri, Gomillion appears to be a similar player to Pickett. He may not have the flashiest game or the best numbers, but he can do a bit of everything. Gomillion averaged 10.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.2 steals per game last season. He was part of the Horizon League defense team two seasons in a row. The upcoming season will be Gomillion’s last.
D’Moi Hodge: Hodge also followed his head coach to Missouri, but his arrival probably got fans more excited than Gomillion’s. Hodge led Cleveland State in scoring with 15.4 points per game last season. He also earned Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year honors. It wouldn’t be a shock if Hodge led Missouri in scoring next season. He too is still a year old.
NickHonor: Gates reinforced the point guard position, Missouri’s main weakness a season ago, with Honor. Honor brings major experience, having started 35 games over the past two seasons at Clemson. His offensive numbers may not be the showiest – he averaged 7.7 points and 2.4 assists per game a year ago – but he has recorded a top turnover assist rate at 2:1. He will have two college seasons left if he wants them.=
Note: This list of possible additions may not be exhaustive. News of Missouri’s interest in some of the players who have entered the portal over the past few days will likely continue to spread.
Jamarion Sharp, Western Kentucky: Sharp is the most notable last-minute portal entry for Missouri fans. The 7-foot-5 forward entered the gate on Friday. He played for the new assistant coach Kyle Smithpeter to John A. Logan CC ahead of his only season in Western Kentucky. Sharp to Mizzou rumors have been swirling for weeks, and Gates has publicly stated that he wants to add a rim protector to the roster, so it’s definitely worth watching. Sharp, who led the nation in blocked shots with 4.6 per game a season ago.
Isiaih Mosley, State of Missouri: After a dominant second season at Missouri State, the Columbia native both entered the transfer portal and declared for the NBA draft. While Missouri hasn’t been publicly linked to Mosley, we have to imagine Gates and company will try to land him if he chooses to return to college for another season. The Rock Bridge product averaged 20.4 points and 6.2 rebounds per game last season while shooting 50.4% from the field, 42.7% from three-point range and 90.2% from the free throw line. Kansas, which offers another Rock Bridge product in the leader Da Juan Harriswas also rumored to be a candidate to land Mosley.
Souley Boom, UTEP: Missouri was among the long list of schools that contacted Boom after he entered the transfer portal, but no further talk about the Tigers involved in his recruiting has surfaced since, so it seems likely that Boom is headed. somewhere else. The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 19.8 points per game for UTEP last season.