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Santos to transfer from Missouri basketball team

Santos to transfer from Missouri basketball team

April 13th, 2019 by Colin O'Brien in Mizzou Sports

COLUMBIA — Missouri forward K.J. Santos has entered his name in the NCAA transfer portal. The sophomore, who started one game this season and played in 20, averaged 1.3 points and 1.9 rebounds per game in 12.3 minutes.

The Kansas City Star first reported Santos' intentions to transfer.

The portal is an official list of players who are considering transferring, and allows coaches from other schools to contact that player in an above-board manner. It does not necessarily mean a player will leave, but Santos appears to have made up his mind.

His bio and roster page were removed from the Missouri athletics website Friday, and Santos deactivated his Twitter account.

Santos came to Missouri from Geneva, Ill., and went through a year of prep school at Sunrise Christian outside of Wichita, Kan. He signed with Illinois-Chicago and started in 30 of 35 games for the Flames in 2016-17, and decided to explore a move up. A member of the U17 Puerto Rican national team, he enrolled at Tallahassee Community College for the 2017-18 season but never played a game for the Eagles. His debut as a Tiger was delayed by a fractured foot, and he never worked his way into the rotation consistently.

Missouri will have Jeremiah Tilmon, Reed Nikko, Mitchell Smith and Parker Braun as returners in the frontcourt, and newcomer Tray Jackson, a 4-star forward. With Santos' departure, and the high probability Jontay Porter decides to go pro, at the start of the summer the Tigers would have 10 of their maximum of 13 scholarships filled.

Dru Smith, Nikko and Mitchell Smith will be seniors or redshirt juniors; Mark Smith and Tilmon will both be juniors; Torrence Watson, Xavier Pinson and Javon Pickett will be sophomores; and Mario McKinney and Jackson will be freshmen. Martin will have the flexibility to put at least one of his four walk-ons on scholarship, with the most likely candidates being Ronnie Suggs and Parker Braun, as well as look at adding a freshman or transfer during the summer, almost certainly to the post rotation, to round out Missouri's roster.