Within an hour of one another, two Missouri guards, K.J. Walton and Frankie Hughes, have announced their decisions to transfer from the program.
“We wish K.J. and Frankie the best in their future academic and athletic pursuits,” head coach Cuonzo Martin said in a press release on Tuesday evening. “We will support both of them as much as possible, and assist in their transitions to the best of our ability.”
Walton’s transfer was made public earlier in the evening by his AAU coach, Jim Reamer, on Twitter.
Hughes, a freshman guard, averaged 7.6 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in a season that was plagued by injuries. When healthy, Hughes played well, nearly leading Missouri to an upset over Xavier in the second game of the year, an 83-82 loss in overtime in which Hughes scored 24 points in 41 minutes. But that was as good as it would get for Hughes, who eclipsed the 20-point threshold just once over the course of the rest of the season, a 22-point night in a February loss to Ole Miss.
Hughes, a Garfield Heights High School product, chose Missouri over Florida State, Dayton, Louisville and Minnesota, among several others.