COLUMBIA— Missouri men's basketbal coach Frank Haith announced Tuesday that freshman guards Negus Webster-Chan and Dominique Bull will be transferring from the Tigers, citing more playing time and the ability to play closer to home.
"Dominique and Negus were great representatives of our program and I want to thank them for their contributions both on and off the basketball court,” Haith said in a news release Tuesday. “We will certainly do anything we can to help them as they begin the recruiting process, and wish them nothing but the best moving forward."
Webster-Chan, from Scarborough, Ontario, averaged 15.5 minutes per game this season as the primary backup point guard behind junior Phil Pressey. He averaged 2.5 points, 0.8 assists and 2.0 rebounds per game in an increased roll after former Missouri guard Michael Dixon Jr. transferred from the team on Nov. 29. Webster-Chan played 14 minutes and scored four points in Missouri's loss to Colorado State in the NCAA Tournament.
"I appreciate everyone at Missouri and want to thank Coach Haith and the staff for giving me this opportunity,” Webster-Chan said in the release. “I just want to find a style that is more suited for me, but I wish Mizzou the best of luck in the future and I’m grateful to the Tiger community for their support over the past year."
Bull, from Worcester, Mass., played a total of 14 minutes this year. He scored one point, adding three rebounds and one assist on the season.
"I want to thank everyone at Mizzou including Coach Haith, the coaching staff and my teammates for their support over the past year,” Bull said in the release. “I enjoyed my time as a Missouri Tiger, but wanted to expand my role on the court and hopefully do it in a situation that’s closer to my family."
Both Webster-Chan and Bull were rated by Rivals.com as three-star recruits before the season.
With Pressey still mulling his future on returning for his senior season or entering the NBA Draft, Webster-Chan would have been heavily counted upon as the second most experienced point guard on the team for next season.
Missouri's freshman class for the 2013 season features point guard Wesley Clark, rated a four-star recruit from Rivals.com, who could find himself in a starting roll if Pressey decides to leave.