Jankovic leaves Missouri basketball

Friday, November 22, 2013 | 8:29 p.m. CST; updated 8:50 p.m. CST, Friday, November 22, 2013

COLUMBIA – A man who has been all around the world is making yet another trip.

Missouri small forward Stefan Jankovic, who was born in Serbia and recruited out of Mississauga, Ontario, announced Friday that he will be transferring.

The 6-foot, 11-inch sophomore cited a lack of playing time as one of the primary reasons for his decision.

“I want to thank everyone at Missouri, my teammates, the coaching staff, the administration and the fans,” Jankovic said. “This was a tough decision for me, and Missouri will always hold a special place in my heart, but this was about having the opportunity to find a better fit where I could play a larger role on the court. I am looking forward to my next opportunity and want to wish everyone at Mizzou all the best this year.”

Jankovic played in all three games so far this season, averaging 3.3 points in 8.7 minutes per game. Jankovic was expected to give Missouri a height advantage on the perimeter and stretch defenses with his 3-point shooting ability. He appeared in 25 games during his freshman season, starting two and averaging 3.0 points and 1.4 rebounds in 7.9 minutes per game.

Jankovic scored nine points in 18 minutes during Missouri's Nov. 8 opener against Southeastern Louisiana. He saw his playing time dwindle from there.  He played eight minutes against Southern Illinois and less than one minute against Hawaii at the Sprint Center in Kansas City on Saturday.

“First and foremost, Stefan was a great representative of our program during his time at Mizzou and we wish him and his family all the best as his collegiate career moves forward,” head coach Frank Haith said in a statement. “Stef wants a larger role in his next opportunity and I will do everything I can to help him land in a great situation.”

Missouri returns to action at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Mizzou Arena against Gardner-Webb.

Supervising editor is Nina Pantic.

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