Missouri Basketball forward Gant leaving program
COLUMBIA - Missouri men's basketball rising junior Jakeenan Gant is leaving the program, Mizzou Athletics announced Thursday.
Gant, a 6'8" forward from Springfield, Georgia, averaged 5.1 points and 3.8 rebounds per game during the 2015-16 season. He was named Georgia Mr. Basketball in 2014, his senior season of high school.
According to a statement from head coach Kim Anderson, Gant will be transferring closer to home to be with his mother who has recently been diagnosed with an illness.
In his statement, Gant expressed his appreciation for Anderson, the Missouri coaching staff and his time at Mizzou.
With Gant's departure, four players have transferred out of the program in less than two months. Forward D'Angelo Allen left in late February, while guards Namon Wright and Tremaine Isabell announced their intention to transfer in mid-March.
Coach Anderson released the following statement through Mizzou Athletics:
“Shortly after the season, Jakeenan and I sat down to discuss his future with Missouri Basketball. At that time and several other times, he confirmed his commitment to our program. In the past few weeks, his mother has developed a medical condition that necessitates his return closer to home to continue his educational and athletic pursuits. While disappointed, we certainly support his decision. Jakeenan has been a joy to coach these past two years and all of us, coaches, teammates and staff wish him the best. We will do all we can to help in his transition.”
Jakeenan Gant released the following statement also through Mizzou Athletics:
“My time at Mizzou has been great and Coach Anderson and his staff really helped me develop as a player and person these past two seasons. I’ll miss Columbia, but feel the need to make a move with my family and mother in mind. I want nothing but the best for Mizzou in the future and appreciate the friendships I’ve made in my time here.”