COLUMBIA — Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith is already stocking up for the 2013-14 season. Tulsa transfer Jordan Clarkson will be joining the Tigers, the team announced in a release Tuesday morning.
“We’re very pleased to have Jordan join our program,” Haith said in the release. “Jordan is a combo guard with a wide variety of skills, someone who can do a lot of things for you. He’s a point guard with tremendous scoring ability, and having him is crucial to helping us achieve balance in our classes."
Clarkson was Tulsa's leading scorer as a sophomore last season, averaging 16.5 points per game. He has two years of eligibility remaining.
Due to NCAA rules, Clarkson will have to sit out the 2012-13 season.
“He’ll benefit from being in the program for a year before he gets out there, and I know he’ll take every advantage of the next year to be ready to go when it’s his time," Haith said. "He’s a high-quality kid who will fit very well with our culture at Mizzou, and Tiger fans will enjoy having him represent the program."
Clarkson is the latest in a line of players that have transferred to Missouri since Haith took over in April 2011. Alex Oriakhi, who transferred from Connecticut to Missouri last month, does not have to sit out because Connecticut was banned from playing in the 2013 NCAA tournament.
Senior Keion Bell (Pepperdine), junior Earnest Ross (Auburn) and sophomore Danny Feldmann (Columbia University) will all be eligible after sitting out all of last season. Jabari Brown (Oregon) has been with the team since December and will become eligible to play in the middle of next season.
Senior Laurence Bowers will also return to the Missouri lineup this season after sitting out last season with a knee injury.