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Missouri men’s basketball could face NCAA sanctions without APR improvement

Junior guard Deuce Bello, who played two years at Baylor before transferring to MU, sat out the 2013-14 season and played sparingly in Kim Anderson’s first season as the Tigers’ men’s basketball coach.
Junior guard Deuce Bello, who played two years at Baylor before transferring to MU, sat out the 2013-14 season and played sparingly in Kim Anderson’s first season as the Tigers’ men’s basketball coach. The Kansas City Star

The Missouri men’s basketball team won’t face NCAA penalties for its 2013-14 Academic Progress Rate, but trouble could be on the horizon.

The Tigers’ four-year average of 941, which ranks 13th among 14 Southeastern Conference teams, is above the NCAA threshold of 930 for penalties. But 851 was the score for 2013-14, which was during coach Frank Haith’s last season with the program.

That gives Missouri a three-year average of 929.7, which means the men’s basketball team must score 931 for 2014-15 to avoid penalties next May.

MU men’s basketball posted a 978 APR in 2010-11 and 2011-12, but that score dipped to 960 in 2012-13 and 851 in 2013-14, before Haith left for Tulsa and was replaced by Kim Anderson. APR measures a school’s retention and the success at maintaining academic eligibility. The NCAA released the latest figures Wednesday.

Seven scholarship Tigers left the program during or after Haith’s final season. Jordan Clarkson and Jabari Brown both left early for the NBA, while Torren Jones, Cam Biedscheid and Zach Price were dismissed from the program. Stefan Jankovic opted to transfer a few games into the 2013-14 season and Shane Rector decided to transfer after the season.

Johnathan Williams III’s transfer will negatively impact the Tigers’ score, but Keanau Post graduated and Deuce Bello is on track to graduate in August. Keith Shamburger making sufficient progress toward his post-graduate degree would also help the program’s four-year average through the 2016-17 APR cycle.

To reach Tod Palmer, call 816-234-4389 or send email to tpalmer@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @todpalmer.

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