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Shane Rector to transfer from Missouri

May 16, 2014, 3:28 PM EDT

Shane Rector, Stefan Jankovic AP

Missouri freshman point guard Shane Rector is leaving the program the school announced on Friday afternoon.

Rector, the Bronx native, averaged 0.5 points in only 4.6 minutes per game.

“I appreciate Coach [Kim] Anderson and the administration at Missouri for supporting me as I look for a new opportunity,” Rector said in a statement issued by the school. “This was a difficult decision because I have made some great friends during my time here. Mizzou is a great University with great people. This was just a personal decision that my family and I felt was in my best interest.”

Rector was originally a Rutgers commit, but reopened his recruitment in the wake of the Mike Rice scandal. Less than two weeks later, he was bound for Mizzou, becoming the last recruit in a five-man class that already had four-star point guard Wes Clark.

Rated as a three-star floor general by Rivals, Rector also held offers from 14 other schools ranging from nearby mid-majors to programs in the ACC, Big East and SEC.

Rector’s transfer comes on the same day that Namon Wright, a four-star shooting guard, recommitted to Missouri. Rector will have three years of eligibility remaining after he sits out the 2014-2015 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

  1. sportsbastard - May 16, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Pretty sure coach Anderson would rather have the open scholarship. So long Shane.

  2. vols84 - May 16, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    Mike Rice scandal = excuse to bail. Frank Haith departure = excuse to bail. I see a trend.

    • astrozac - May 16, 2014 at 7:09 PM

      ^It’s more about playing time. I’m sure if Shamburger hadn’t joined up, pushing him down to third point guard and maybe even Wright not going elsewhere Rector would have stayed, plus the potential of Jimmy Whitt coming next season.

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