University of Missouri

Missouri forward Stefan Jankovic says he will transfer

Updated: 2013-11-22T19:59:04Z

By TOD PALMER

The Kansas City Star

With a glut of players at small forward, minutes had become increasingly difficult to come by for Missouri basketball player Stefan Jankovic.

The Tigers announced Friday that Jankovic, a 6-foot-11 sophomore from Mississauga, Ontario, has decided to seek those minutes elsewhere.

“I want to thank everyone at Missouri, my teammates, the coaching staff, the administration and the fans,” Jankovic said in a statement released by the university. “This was a tough decision for me, and Missouri will always hold a special place in my heart, but this was about having the opportunity to find a better fit where I could play a larger role on the court. I am looking forward to my next opportunity and want to wish everyone at Mizzou all the best this year.”

Jankovic’s decision to transfer isn’t entirely surprising. He posted this Nov. 1 on Twitter: “Good things come to those who wait. But how long do you wait?”

That post came after Missouri’s exhibition game against Central Missouri, in which Jankovic didn’t play during the second half.

As a freshman, Jankovic, who was born in Serbia, appeared in 25 games, including two starts. He averaged 3.0 points and 1.4 rebounds in 7.9 minutes per game.

Jankovic had nine points, including two three-pointers, and five rebounds in 18 minutes during Missouri’s season-opening win against Southeastern Louisiana.

He only played eight minutes against Southern Illinois and saw the floor for less than a minute last Saturday against Hawaii at the Sprint Center.

“First and foremost, Stefan was a great representative of our program during his time at Mizzou and we wish him and his family all the best as his collegiate career moves forward,” read a statement from Missouri coach Frank Haith, who is continuing to serve a five-game NCAA suspension. “Stef wants a larger role in his next opportunity and I will do everything I can to help him land in a great situation.”

Under terms of his suspension, Haith isn’t permitted to have contact with players or staff from Nov. 8-25, so he wouldn’t have had a chance to speak with Jankovic about his decision.

Missouri to release UCLA tickets Tuesday

Beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Missouri will make available a limited number of tickets for the men’s basketball game Dec. 7 against UCLA at Mizzou Arena.

Tickets start at $65 and will be available at MUTigers.com.

To reach Tod Palmer, call 816-234-4389 or send email to tpalmer@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/todpalmer.

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