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Guess leaves Missouri men's basketball team

Guess leaves Missouri men's basketball team

December 31st, 2018 by Colin O'Brien in Mizzou Sports

Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin confirmed Saturday freshman guard Christian Guess was no longer with the program.

PowerMizzou's Gabe DeArmond broke the news late in the week by reporting Guess' name was in the NCAA's transfer portal, which players do themselves. Guess was a late signing to the 2018 class to fill Cullen VanLeer's scholarship, which opened when VanLeer elected to medically retire in September.

Guess played seven minutes in Missouri's loss to Kansas State in the Paradise Jam, registering no stats other than three personal fouls. He dropped a class late in the semester, which voided his eligibility, and elected to transfer.

"A wonderful young man, but he's no longer part of the program," Martin said after Saturday's 75-61 win against Morehead State.

"Oftentimes, when guys transfer, it's not a good thing, but this is mutual respect in the relationship, and we're doing everything in our power to help him, because oftentimes people read into it that it's more than what it is. But it's really not. It's just finding an opportunity for him to play and to be happy. But a great kid who was a great part of our program, and we still have a relationship to this day. Unique deal, obviously you're a part of different transfers, but this is one where, you'd like for all kids to be successful, but this is one you fight for him to be successful because he has a good heart."