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Harris to transfer from Missouri basketball team

Harris to transfer from Missouri basketball team

January 6th, 2018 by Colin O'Brien in College Sports

COLUMBIA — Missouri's roster has thinned further.

Freshman point guard and three-star recruit Blake Harris, who changed commitments from Washington to the Tigers when Michael Porter Jr. announced his intention to transfer Friday.

Harris tweeted, deleted, then re-posted an image of himself in a Mizzou uniform with the words "thanks for the memories."

ESPN's Jeff Goodman reported the news first.

"Blake Harris has decided to transfer from the Mizzou Men's Basketball program. We will support and assist him in any way possible," Cuonzo Martin said in a statement.

Harris, who is from Chapel Hill, N.C., averaged 14 minutes, 3.8 points on 41 percent shooting, 2.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steal per game.

Harris started nine games in a row, beginning with Missouri's opener against Long Beach State in the AdvoCare Invitational, but he didn't start in the Tigers' SEC opener Wednesday against South Carolina due to illness.

Harris is the second freshman guard to transfer from Missouri under Martin this season.

C.J. Roberts, a shooting guard, initially committed under Kim Anderson but reaffirmed his commitment to play for Martin. He redshirted then asked for his release Dec. 7, and is transferring to Texas Tech.

From the Tigers' heralded freshman class, only post players Jontay Porter and Jeremiah Tilmon remain active.

Porter Jr.'s recovery from back surgery continues to progress. He has not played since the Tigers' season opener against Iowa State in November.

Harris will be eligible to play once the 2018 fall semester ends.

In Missouri's past five recruiting classes, which extends to Frank Haith's last class, 27 high school or junior college players have signed with the Tigers. Just 11 of them have graduated from the program.