Missouri earns transfer commitment from dynamic former Colorado State guard
Missouri turned in its best season on the hardwood since joining the SEC in Dennis Gates’ first year at the helm, and it looks like the momentum from that 25-win campaign will continue into the offseason.
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The Tigers landed a commitment from former Colorado State guard John Tonje on Monday. A 6-foot-5, 222-pound guard from Omaha, Nebraska, Tonje is a dynamic player on the offensive end who developed well over his 4 seasons with the Rams. He’ll join Mizzou as a grad transfer with one year to play.
After a sixth-man-like role off the bench for CSU during the 2021-22 season — when he averaged 9.1 points in 25.3 minutes — Tonje stepped into a full-time starting role this past season. He played a career-best 31 minutes a night, shot a career-best 47% from the field, and supplied a career-best 14.6 points a night.
Tonje has the ability to knock down shots on the perimeter or back down smaller guards and take them to the block. Though not tasked as much of a playmaker, he also upped his assists to 1.3 a game this past season while averaging 4.7 boards.
Per Rock M Nation’s Matt Harris, Tonje was in the top 10% of Division 1 players this season in halfcourt efficiency (1.066 points per possession) and connected on 39.8% of his catch-and-shoot jumpers.
The Tigers are set to lose their 2nd- and 3rd-leading scorers with guards D’Moi Hodge and DeAndre Gholston both exhausting their eligibility. Kobe Brown, the team’s leading scorer, also has a decision to make regarding his last year of eligibility. As of publication, he has yet to make a public announcement one way or the other.
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