St. Louis native Jordan Barnett broke the news last week on Twitter, but Missouri confirmed Tuesday that the Christian Brothers College High graduate would be transferring from Texas.
Barnett enrolled at MU for the spring semester and will be eligible to play for the Tigers after the fall semester during the 2016-17 season ends.
“I wanted to come back home to play,” said Barnett, who averaged 3.3 points and 2.0 rebounds in four games with the Longhorns this season. “I‘ve been around Mizzou a lot growing up, so I’m very familiar with the school. It really feels fitting that I’d be back here. I am excited to play for Kim Anderson, because I know he is a good person and a great coach.”
Barnett will be classified as a junior next season.
“We’re excited to have Jordan join our Mizzou basketball family,” MU coach Kim Anderson said. “He’s an outstanding basketball player, but most importantly, he’s an exceptional young man from here in the state of Missouri from a good family. Over the course of his college career, Jordan has shown his potential in both the classroom and on the court. We know he is eager to represent his home state on the biggest stage.”
Barnett — a 6-foot-7, 215-pound forward — was the No. 70 player in Rivals’ 2014 prospect rankings. He averaged 20.8 points and 8.2 rebounds as a high school senior, leading CBC to the Missouri Class 5 state title.
Barnett, who was coached by Tigers assistant Corey Tate with the St. Louis Eagles on the Nike EYBL circuit, scored 43 with 20 rebounds in an 86-77 overtime win against Columbia-Hickman in the championship game.
The transfer leaves Missouri with 14 scholarship commitments for next season after signing three players in November. The NCAA limit for a season is 13, but the Tigers also must forfeit one scholarship in either 2016-17 or 2017-18.
Cunningham adds another SEC honor
For the fourth time this season, Missouri freshman guard Sophie Cunningham was chosen Tuesday as the SEC women’s basketball freshman of the week.
Cunningham averaged 14 points with 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals as the 23rd-ranked Tigers split two games last week, knocking off then-No. 7 Mississippi State and losing at Arkansas.
She scored 22 in the upset against the Bulldogs, her sixth 20-point game of the season.
Ward wins weekly gymnastics award
Missouri gymnastics freshman Britney Ward was chosen Tuesday as the SEC specialist of the week after claiming two event titles with career-high marks in a dual at No. 6 Alabama.
Ward is the second Tigers gymnast to earn a weekly award in 14th-ranked MU’s four seasons in the SEC.
She won the vault with a personal-best 9.925 and captured first on the balance beam with a personal-best 9.900 against the Crimson Tide.