Missouri loses forward to transfer portal after 1 season with the program
Missouri forward Mohamed Diarra has entered the transfer portal, according to a report.
Verbal Commits was 1st to share the news of Diarra’s departure on Tuesday. Diarra spent 1 year with the Tigers before opting for the portal.
Missouri F Mohamed Diarra has entered the transfer portal. https://t.co/1X5SXLSwL8
— Verbal Commits (@VerbalCommits) March 28, 2023
Diarra was picked up from the portal last offseason after beginning his collegiate career at Gardner City (Kansas) Community College. He played in 25 games for the Tigers this season and started 6 of those contests.
However, he didn’t have a major role with the team. He averaged 3.2 points in 11.7 minutes per contest. He shot 40% from the field and 25% from 3-point range this past season.
Other 1st-year players flourished under head coach Dennis Gates as the Tigers won a NCAA Tournament game for the 1st time since 2010. D’Moi Hodge and De’Andre Gholston both averaged double figures in their 1st season with the team.
Gates shared his best-wishes for Diarra as he enters the portal:
I just want to say Thank You to MOHAMED DIARRA for his contributions to our program & institution under my leadership! Once a MIZZOU Tiger, always a MIZZOU Tiger! We love you & I am here if you need me! May the portal be w/you!
— Dennis Gates (@coachdgates) March 28, 2023
What this means for Mizzou
Hodge and Gholston are both out of eligibility, so Missouri will need to re-shape its roster a bit this offseason. Kobe Brown, who led the team in scoring, also has not made a decision on next season.
Missouri has already been active in the transfer portal this offseason. The Tigers picked up a commitment from former Colorado State guard John Tonje earlier this week.
Diarra’s departure gives Gates and his staff another scholarship to work with in the transfer portal.
Missouri is also bringing in a trio of high school recruits from the class of 2023, including a pair of 4-star prospects. Missouri’s incoming recruiting class currently ranks No. 22 nationally, per 247Sports Composite rankings.