COLUMBIA — Missouri basketball officially announced Tuesday that former Notre Dame forward Cameron Biedscheid, whose transfer to Missouri was reported by the Missourian on Jan. 8, will be a Tiger next season.
The 6-foot-7-inch Biedscheid is a St. Louis native and former Mr. Show-Me Basketball, having won the title after averaging 31.7 points and 9.6 rebounds as a senior at Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School in 2012.
Biedscheid averaged 6.2 points and 1.4 rebounds in 34 games last season as a freshman for the Fighting Irish. He visited Columbia and met with Tigers coaches Frank Haith and Tim Fuller for the first time in early January.
"I'm honored to have the opportunity to return to my home state and continue my college career as a Missouri Tiger," Biedscheid said. "Playing closer to my family was very important to me, and having a chance to represent my state and play for Coach Haith was a perfect fit. I want to thank everyone at Missouri for this opportunity and I want to thank Coach (Mike) Brey and everyone at Notre Dame for being supportive of this decision. I wish the Notre Dame family and my former teammates nothing but the best as their season continues."
Beidscheid's high school resume is long. The 2,000-point scorer led Cardinal Ritter to a 3A State Championship as a junior, when he averaged 29.7 points per game. He was ranked the No.28 best prospect out of 150 in the nation by Rivals.com in 2012.
"I'm really excited about the addition of Cam," Haith said. "He is a talented young man from a great family and his addition gets us back into St. Louis where they play fantastic basketball at the high school and AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) levels."
Beidscheid is enrolled in spring classes and has began practicing with the team. He is eligible to play immediately after the fall semester ends.
"His skill set fits our program well," Haith said. "We are looking forward to having him join our program at the start of the spring semester."
The Tigers will presumably have some openings on the perimeter by then, with Earnest Ross and Jordan Clarkson likely leaving the team due to graduation and entry into the National Basketball Association draft, respectively. However, the addition of Beidscheid was made possible only by the departure of small forward Stefan Jankovic, who transferred to Hawaii last month — a scholarship not available until next term.