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Missouri lands Baylor transfer Deuce Bello

May 20, 2013, 12:25 PM EDT

Deuce Bello, Bryce Cotton

Frank Haith has added yet another transfer to his program, as former Baylor wing Deuce Bello will finish up his playing career at Missouri.

The news was first reported by Gabe DeArmond of PowerMizzou.com.

“I have decided to play for Mizzou,” Bello told DeArmond. “We played them three times while I was at Baylor. I really like the way coach Haith’s teams play. They get up and down, they play defense well. I just really like the style of play.”

Bello was rated a top 50 prospect and a four-star recruit coming out of high school in North Carolina, but he was never able to break into Baylor’s rotation. Part of the reason for that is that at this point in his development, Bello is still nothing more than an athlete. He’s a sensational dunker and has the length to be a good perimeter defender, but his skill on the offensive end of the floor needs quite a bit of development.

The good news?

Bello will have to sit out a season, which means that he’ll have nothing to do other than spend the next 18 months working on developing his game. Become a better shooter. Improve his ball-handling. Understand how the game works on the offensive end of the floor. If Bello puts in the work, this redshirt season could be the best thing to happen to him in his career.

Bello will join Earnest Ross, Tony Criswell and Jordan Clarkson as the other transfers on Missouri’s roster. Alex Oriakhi and Keion Bell were transfers that graduated after last season.

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  1. Art Martin - May 21, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    I hate to see this young man leave. I know there was a lot of competition coming in for playing time and aim surprised that this kid wasn’t confident in himself to earn those minutes after 2 years at Baylor. Did he feel mistreated or treated unfairly that Baylor continues to recruit the best talent they can sign? I hope things work out for him at Missouri. If he just needed another redshirt year to get better, why move away. He could have red shirted right where he was. There must be more to this story. With all the transfers and guys changing their commitments, it doesn’t make sense. The loser in all this is college basketball and the fans. Unless its a mid major or D2 or below, the rosters are almost complete overhauls every season. The top 100 or so players use the top 25 programs and vice versa for their own benefit. It’s all about money.

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