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Missouri basketball player Kadeem Green plans to transfer

Tuesday, January 3, 2012 | 4:06 p.m. CST; updated 12:59 a.m. CST, Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Missouri redshirt freshman Kadeem Green is planning to transfer, the school said in a statement Tuesday.

"We obviously wish Kadeem nothing but the best as he moves forward with this decision," Missouri coach Frank Haith said in the statement. "Kadeem made great strides during his time at Mizzou, and we are sad to see him leave the program.

"This is a decision that did not come easily for Kadeem. He has made a lot of friends and he has really enjoyed his time here at Mizzou. Decisions like this are never easy, but we certainly thank Kadeem for the time that he dedicated to our program and want nothing but the best for him moving forward."

Green, a 6-foot-8 forward from Toronto, was used sparingly by Haith, especially in the Tigers' (13-0) most competitive games. He did not play in wins against Villanova and Illinois and played less than one minute against Old Dominion on Friday.

He averaged three points and 3.1 rebounds per game for the No. 7-ranked Tigers.

Green's departure leaves Missouri with just seven active scholarship players. Of those seven, only seniors Ricardo Ratliffe and Steve Moore play the forward position.

With Laurence Bowers expected to return from a leg injury next season, and several new transfers and recruits joining the team, Green's playing time likely would not have increased by much next season.

If Green leaves the team immediately, he would be eligible to play at another school during the second half of next season.

Missouri begins Big 12 conference play at 7 tonight at Mizzou Arena against Oklahoma.


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