Missouri dismissed junior guard Wes Clark from the basketball team on Tuesday, citing poor academic performance.
“Wes Clark had failed to meet the academic expectations of the Mizzou Athletics Department and is no longer a member of the men’s basketball program,” the school said in a statement, tweeted by Gabe DeArmond of Rivals. “Due to this issue relating to academics, Mizzou Athletics will have no further comments.”
Despite the announcement by the university, Clark seemed to dispute the school’s claim in a tweet:
Never dismissed FYI
— Wes Clark (@Im_back_15) February 16, 2016
Clark was a starter for the Tigers, averaging 9.8 points, 3.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 26.5 minutes per game. He scored a career-high 26 points earlier in the year against South Carolina, but saw his numbers decline after a solid sophomore year.
Freshman Cullen VanLeer is expected to take over for Clark in the starting lineup and has averaged 3.9 points per game so far this season.
Missouri is 9-16 overall and last in the SEC with a 2-10 conference record. The Tigers play at home against South Carolina on Tuesday night and then have five more games before the start of the SEC Tournament.