By Matt Fairburn
Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith announced Tuesday that two freshman guards, Negus Webster-Chan and Dominique Bull, will be transferring from the program.
The two were rated as three-star recruits by Rivals.com before the season and cited playing time and moving closer to home as reasons for transferring.
“Dominique and Negus were great representatives of our program, and I want to thank them for their contributions both on and off the basketball court,” Haith said in a press release. “We will certainly do anything we can to help them as they begin the recruiting process and wish them nothing but the best moving forward.”
Webster-Chan, a native of Scarborough, Ontario, played 15.5 minutes per game this season stuck behind junior Phil Pressey and senior Keion Bell. He averaged just 2.5 points, 0.8 assists and 2 rebounds per game in his limited role, but played 14 minutes in Missouri’s NCAA Tournament loss to Colorado State. The 6-foot-7-inch guard started six games for the Tigers this season.
More important than more minutes, Webster-Chan wants to find a brand of basketball that better suits his skills.
“I appreciate everyone at Missouri and want to thank Coach Haith and the staff for giving me this opportunity,” Webster-Chan said. “I just want to find a style that is more suited for me, but I wish Mizzou the best of luck in the future and I’m grateful to the Tiger community for their support over the past year.”
Bull, meanwhile, didn’t get nearly as many minutes as Webster-Chan. The Worcester, Mass., native played a total of 14 minutes this season and only scored one point. After appearing in only nine games, Bull wants a chance to do more.
“I want to thank everyone at Mizzou including Coach Haith, the coaching staff and my teammates for their support over the past year,” Bull said. “I enjoyed my time as a Missouri Tiger but wanted to expand my role on the court and hopefully do it in a situation that’s closer to my family.”
With Webster-Chan and Bull transferring and Bell graduating, the Tigers are suddenly thin at point guard. Pressey is still undecided on his NBA future, and behind him, the team has a lack of experience at the position. Jordan Clarkson, a transfer from Tulsa, would appear to be next in line. Meanwhile, incoming four-star recruit Wesley Clark could also be relied upon sooner than expected.