#81 Missouri Men's Basketball 2021-2022 Preview

Missouri Tigers
2021-2022 Overall Rank: #81
Conference Rank: #10 SEC
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Missouri had a successful 2020-2021 season, reaching the NCAA Tournament for the second time under Coach Cuonzo Martin. However, the Tigers lose four starters and a big part of their bench and that leaves a lot of questions heading into the 2021-2022 campaign. Coach Martin is bringing in plenty of experienced transfers to help fill the holes, but this is not an experienced group, especially at this level, and it could take some time for the Tigers to reach their full potential.
2020-21 Record: 16-10, 8-8
2020-21 Postseason: NCAA
Coach: Cuonzo Martin
Coach Record: 66-56 at Missouri, 252-177 overall
Key Departed Players:
Dru Smith, Guard, 14.3 ppg
Xavier Pinson, Guard, 13.8 ppg
Jeremiah Tilmon, Forward, 12.4 ppg
Mark Smith, Guard, 9.7 ppg
Mitchell Smith, Forward, 4.5 ppg
Parker Braun, Forward, 2.8 ppg
Drew Buggs, Guard, 1.8 ppg
Torrence Watson, Guard, 1.8 ppg
Key Returning Players:
Kobe Brown, Junior, Forward, 8.0 ppg
Javon Pickett, Senior, Guard, 6.2 ppg
Jordan Wilmore, Sophomore, Forward, 0.8 ppg
Key New Players:
Traveon Brazile, Freshman, Forward
Anton Brookshire, Freshman, Guard
Kaleb Brown, Freshman, Guard
Jarron Coleman, Junior, Guard, Transfer from Ball State
Amari Davis, Junior, Guard, Transfer from Green Bay
Ronnie DeGray III, Sophomore, Forward, Transfer from UMass
Sean Durugordon, RS Freshman, Forward
DaJuan Gordon, Junior, Guard, Transfer from Kansas State
Yaya Keita Freshman, Forward
Kobe Brown is the only returning starter. The 6-7 junior forward averaged 8.0 points and 6.2 rebounds. Brown is very effective attacking the basket and he could turn into a big-time scorer with more consistency with his shooting. Javon Pickett was Mizzou’s sixth man in 2020-2021, averaging 6.2 points per game. Brown and Pickett are quality pieces to build around, but the incoming transfers are going to have to be ready for the grind of the SEC. Ronnie DeGray III will help bolster the frontcourt after a good freshman campaign at Umass. Jarron Coleman spent two seasons as a regular starter at Ball State. In 13 appearances last season, he averaged 13.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists. Amari Davis is a proven scorer. He averaged 15.9 points two years ago and 17.2 points per game last season at Green Bay. DaJuan Gordon started 22 games for Kansas State last season and averaged 9.1 points and 5.5 rebounds. Coach Martin has brought in some talent, but it remains to be seen how all of the pieces fit together and if there is enough talent to be competitive in the SEC.
Projected Postseason Tournament: NIT
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 73.4 (112th in nation, 7th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 71.9 (219, 9)
Field-Goal Percentage: 44.6 (134, 6)
Field-Goal Defense: 43.1 (163, 9)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 7.1 (194, 6)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 32.5 (231, 10)
Free-Throw Percentage: 70.1 (202, 11)
Rebound Margin: 0.5 (167, 12)
Assists Per Game: 13.3 (165, 7)
Turnovers Per Game: 13.3 (184, 4)
Madness 2021 Men’s Basketball Recruit Rankings:
#125 Anton Brookshire