University of Missouri

Montaque Gill-Caesar is leaving Mizzou basketball team

Missouri's Montaque Gill-Caesar (right) was fouled by Auburn’s Jordon Granger during a game in March.
Missouri's Montaque Gill-Caesar (right) was fouled by Auburn’s Jordon Granger during a game in March. The Associated Press

Montaque Gill-Caesar will not return to Missouri’s basketball team next season, coach Kim Anderson announced on Wednesday.

Gill-Caesar averaged 9.1 points and 2.9 rebounds in 26 games last season as a freshman. He averaged 12.6 points in the Tigers’ first 10 games, but a back injury suffered in the Illinois game affected him the rest of the season.

Anderson said Gill-Caesar, a 6-6 wing from Canada who arrived at Mizzou from Huntington Prep in West Virginia as a top 50 recruit, leaves on good terms.

“In an evolving conversation this week, Montaque informed our program of his future plans,” Anderson said in a statement. “He intends to resume his education and playing career at a different institution. We will assist him in every way possible in that transition, pending the completion of his academic obligations he committed to with our staff.”

Gill-Caesar was set to try out for the 19-and-under Canadian national team but his back injury forced him to scrap those plans.

Missouri has now lost two of its top three scorers from last year’s team that finished 9-23. Forward Johnathan Williams III, who led the Tigers with 11.9 points and 7.1 rebounds last season, has announced he’s transferring to Gonzaga.

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