Missouri is about to lose one of its most talented players due to unfortunate circumstances.
Sophomore forward Jakeenan Gant has asked the program for his release, which was first reported by ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. Gant has chosen to transfer closer to home to be with his mother, who has developed a medical condition.
“My time at Mizzou has been great and Coach (Kim) Anderson and his staff really helped me develop as a player and person these past two seasons,” Gant said. “I’ll miss Columbia, but feel the need to make a move with my family and mother in mind. I want nothing but the best for Mizzou in the future and appreciate the friendships I’ve made in my time here.”
The former four-star recruit averaged 5.1 points and 3.8 rebounds in 15.6 minutes per game last season. The Springfield, Ga., native was rated as the top player in the state and the No. 10 power forward in the class of 2013. He was recruited to Mizzou by former coach Frank Haith and kept his commitment during Anderson’s hiring. Gant was the only player on the roster who was recruited by Haith, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Dave Matter.
“Shortly after the season, Jakeenan and I sat down to discuss his future with Missouri Basketball,” Anderson said. “At that time and several other times, he confirmed his commitment to our program.
“In the past few weeks, his mother has developed a medical condition that necessitates his return closer to home to continue his educational and athletic pursuits. While disappointed, we certainly support his decision. Jakeenan has been a joy to coach these past two years and all of us, coaches, teammates and staff wish him the best. We will do all we can to help in his transition.”