The Missouri men’s basketball program needed a dose of good news this week and Texas sophomore forward Jordan Barnett delivered it Friday, posting on Twitter that he was transferring to the Tigers.
Barnett, 20, a former Rivals four-star prospect from Christian Brothers College High in St. Louis, was ranked as the No. 70 player overall in the 2014 recruiting class.
He was ranked 86th in the ESPN 100 coming out of high school and, in addition to Texas, had offers from Florida, Michigan State, Stanford, Harvard, Kansas State and Iowa State among others.
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Barnett averaged 1.9 points and 1.3 rebounds in 21 games as a freshman for the Longhorns, but he had appeared in only four games this season under new coach Shaka Smart. He averaged 3.3 points and 2.0 in those games.
It’s possible, Barnett could be eligible at Missouri as early as the second semester next season and should still be classified as a redshirt sophomore.
As a high school senior, Barnett averaged 20.8 points and 8.2 rebounds in leading CBC to the Missouri Class 5 state championship. He scored 43 with 20 rebounds in an overtime win against Columbia Hickman during the championship game.
Barnett, who was the No. 1 recruit in Missouri as a senior, averaged 14.2 points with 6.8 rebounds as a sophomore and 17.7 points with 7.7 rebounds as a junior.