Missouri guard Mario McKinney, Jr. attempts a layup in front of Central Missouri guard Drew Aspher

Missouri guard Mario McKinney, Jr. attempts a layup in front of Central Missouri guard Drew Aspher at the MU exhibition basketball game against Central Missouri at Mizzou Arena on Nov. 1, 2019. McKinney entered the transfer portal on Tuesday.

Missouri freshman guard Mario McKinney Jr. has entered the transfer portal. The news was first reported by Jeff Goodman of Stadium.

McKinney addressed the situation himself on Twitter minutes later.

McKinney was suspended indefinitely from the team and was not on the bench for Saturday’s win against Florida.

“He’s not a part of the team right now. I’ll leave it at that,” Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin said postgame

McKinney, a former three-star recruit from Vashon High School in St. Louis, saw limited playing time this season, appearing in seven games for just 59 total minutes. He averaged 2.6 points per game on 5-20 shooting along with 1.6 rebounds.

He was known for his explosive athleticism in high school but had yet to carve out a spot in a crowded Tigers’ backcourt.

Jimmy McKinney, Mario’s cousin, played for Missouri from 2002-2006.

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