When Missouri tabbed Kim Anderson to replace Frank Haith as their bench boss following the 2013-14 season, the Tigers were hoping for big thing from the Missouri alum.
However, losing their top three players entering 2014-15 didn’t spell success for the Tigers.
Anderson, who was coming off a Division II championship at Central Missouri, didn’t see much success in 2014-15. Missouri struggled to a 9 – 23 record on the season, and things went from bad to worse in the off-season.
After the season ended, star forward Johnathan Williams III decided to transfer from the program. He opted to enrol at Gonzaga.
According to ESPN, Deuce Bello also decided to transfer from the Tigers after the season ended.
Just when it looked like things couldn’t get much worse, they did. Sophomore guard Montague Gill-Caesar has decided to transfer from the program, leaving another hole in the roster for Anderson.
As a freshman back in 2014-15, the native of Vaughn, ON showed flashes of promise with the Tigers. The 6’6”, 215-pound Gill-Caesar averaged 9.1 points and 3.0 rebounds per contest last season.
This past season, Gill-Caesar suffered a back injury that caused him to miss the first three games of conference play. He was averaging 12.6 points per game before the injury, but managed just 6.9 points per game afterwards.
Missouri went a dismal 3 – 15 in SEC play last season, good for last in the regular season standings.
Coming out of high school, Gill-Caesar was considered a top-50 prospect in the class of 2015. However, the Huntington Prep star opted to reclassify, and signed to Missouri as a part of the 2014 recruiting class.
According to several sources, the decision to transfer was a mutual one between Anderson and Gill-Caesar. The two felt that it was best for both parties if he were to play basketball elsewhere. Gill-Caesar cited that he was looking to play somewhere that “he is the most comfortable.”
Gill-Caesar chose to play at Missouri over the likes of Kansas, Michigan State, Baylor, Memphis, and Ohio State.
Wherever the guard chooses to transfer to, he will sit out the 2015-16 season, and will have three years of eligibility left starting in the 2016-17 campaign.