COLUMBIA — Former Notre Dame forward Cameron Biedscheid, a St. Louis native, will transfer to Missouri and join the basketball program as a walk-on this spring.
Drew Hanlen, a basketball trainer who has worked with Biedscheid throughout the 6-foot-7 wing's career, confirmed the news Wednesday. Biedscheid informed the Missouri staff of his plans Wednesday, as well.
Biedscheid visited the school and spoke with coach Frank Haith and associate head coach Tim Fuller last week, Hanlen said. That was Biedscheid’s only visit to a potential new program.
“They shot him pretty straight,” said Hanlen, who began working with Biedscheid during his sophomore or junior year of high school at Pure Sweat Basketball in St. Louis. “He actually didn’t even open up his process, really. He was going to. He was going to look at schools closer to home.”
After his visit to Columbia, however, Biedscheid had no need to look elsewhere.
Irish coach Mike Brey announced Biedscheid's decision to transfer on Dec. 27. The Cardinal Ritter graduate played in all 34 games for Notre Dame during his freshman season and averaged 17.4 minutes per game. He was seventh on the team in scoring, with an average of 6.2 points, and figured to be a bigger piece of the Irish offense in the 2013-14 campaign.
That never materialized for Biedscheid.
Brey told reporters after an Oct. 28 scrimmage against Indianapolis that Biedscheid planned to redshirt, not because of injury but in order to help the swingman develop both on and off the court.
Biedscheid missed his mom and grandmother, Hanlen said. He felt stifled in the Irish offensive system. As his role diminished toward the end of his freshman season, his confidence shrank with it.
“I think the biggest reason that he left Notre Dame is kind of that he lost himself as a person there, both on and off the floor,” Hanlen said. “He started losing his confidence on the court, and I think that translated to him losing some confidence and happiness off the court.
“I think he’ll really thrive in Missouri’s system with a great staff and great group of players.”
Plenty of Tiger transfers have.
The Missouri roster has six transfers from four-year universities and two junior college players. This most recent addition was made possible by sophomore forward Stefan Jankovic’s decision to leave the program on Nov. 22 in hopes of getting more playing time elsewhere.
However, that scholarship will not be available until the next term, which means Biedscheid will have to pay his way for his first semester with the Tigers.
Because of NCAA transfer rules, Biedscheid will have 2 1/2 years of eligibility remaining when he gets to Columbia, but he could file for a waiver and become eligible in the fall because Notre Dame planned to redshirt him this season.
The NCAA makes those decisions on a case-by-case basis.
Another former pupil of Hanlen, Jordan Clarkson, transferred to Missouri from Tulsa and is one of the players to benefit from a change of scenery. Biedscheid hopes that, like Clarkson, he can revitalize himself and his basketball career in Columbia.
“I’ve worked with Jordan Clarkson a lot, so that was one of the biggest things that Cam and I got to talk about,” Hanlen said. “It gave Cam kind of an inside look at what his situation could be like. Jordan would tell you first-hand that Missouri has helped him a lot.”
The Tigers should have some openings on the perimeter next season, Hanlen said, which was also a selling point for Biedscheid. After a promising first season with the Irish, he will take a season to acclimate, improve and prepare for a more up-tempo, freestyle offense.
“Mizzou’s kind of free-flowing, open system, it will allow him to do what he does really well,” Hanlen said. “That’s move without the ball and then get open and find baskets.”
Biedscheid was not available for an interview Wednesday.