Mizzou Tigers: Tramaine Isabell and Namon Wright to Transfer


The transfers deliver a big blow to the Mizzou Tigers.

Two key players on this year’s Mizzou Tigers men’s basketball team will transfer. Both Namon Wright and Tramaine Isabell are leaving the university according to the Columbia Missourian. This forms only the latest in a series of massive blows against head coach Kim Anderson’s program. As of now, only sophomore forward Jakeenan Gant remains from Anderson’s first recruiting class, and Isabell and Wright are the fifth and sixth players to leave the program this offseason. The majority of those leaving the program are transfers. Ryan Rosburg was the only graduate.

Wright was arguably the bigger loss. The sophomore from Los Angeles really came into his own during the season, increasing his points per game from 6.8 to 9.6. He also played 6.3 more minutes per game, and functioned well in either a starting role or as a super sub. Wright also rebounded well, which was the bread and butter of this latest Missouri squad. Wright grabbed 5.2 total rebounds per game, almost double what he did in the 2014-15 season; many of these stats were buoyed by the fact the Wright led the Tigers in minutes played.

Compared to Wright, Isabell was more of a bit player, although his departure leaves the door open for Russell Woods at the point guard position next year. Despite this, Isabell showed great improvement over his 2014-15 campaign. He more than doubled the number of shots made from inside the arc, and increased his points per game by 33 percent to 6.2. However, Isabell never shot the three well, making less than one a game on average.

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The Mizzou Tigers will return six scholarship players for next season, as well as adding transfer Jordan Barnett after the fall semester. The Tigers have also signed three recruits from the class of 2016.

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