Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith and his staff will have some additional scholarships this spring after all.
The school announced Tuesday that two freshmen – Dominique Bull and Negus Webster-Chan – have decided to transfer, thus opening up a pair of scholarships for any potential additions, whether they be incoming freshmen or transfers. Both players expressed an interest in more playing time and an ability to play closer to home as the reason for the transfer.
“Dominique and Negus were great representatives of our program, and I want to thank them for their contributions both on and off the basketball court,” Haith said in a statement. “We will certainly do anything we can to help them as they begin the recruiting process, and wish them nothing but the best moving forward.”
Webster-Chan, a 6-foot-7 guard from Scarborough, Ontario, averaged 2.5 points and two rebounds in 15.5 minutes per game. He made 32 appearances this season, though his playing time gradually tapered off as the year went on.
“I appreciate everyone at Missouri and want to thank Coach Haith and the staff for giving me this opportunity,” Webster-Chan said in the statement. “I just want to find a style that is more suited for me, but I wish Mizzou the best of luck in the future and I’m grateful to the Tiger community for their support over the past year.”
Bull, a 6-foot-4 guard from Worcester, Mass., only made nine appearances this season, averaging 0.1 points in 1.6 minutes per game.
“I want to thank everyone at Mizzou including Coach Haith, the coaching staff and my teammates for their support over the past year,” Bull said in the statement. “I enjoyed my time as a Missouri Tiger, but wanted to expand my role on the court and hopefully do it in a situation that’s closer to my family.”
The departure of both players opens up two additional scholarships for the 2013-2014 season, but the Tigers will also have another scholarship open up if junior point guard Phil Pressey decides to declare for the NBA Draft, which is a possibility.
Any potential additions would join a four-man recruiting class that includes three four-star players, according to Rivals.com.