Mizzou losing 7-foot center to NCAA transfer portal
Mizzou took a flyer on big 7-foot center Axel Okongo last season, but it didn’t quite pan out the way coach Cuonzo Martin probably would have hoped.
After dealing with an injury to his foot, Okongo was buried on the bench this past season. He didn’t take part in a game with the Tigers until Jan. 4.
Now, according to a report from STLToday.com’s Dave Matter, Okongo is exploring his options in the NCAA transfer portal:
After scoring five points in eight games this past season, Missouri’s backup center has entered the NCAA transfer portal, a team spokesman confirmed. Okongo came to Mizzou last summer when the team took a chance on the 7-foot Frenchman from the junior college ranks. Okongo, from Saacy-sur-Marne, France, played at a prep school in Quebec before landing at Northwest College in Wyoming. He started to attract interest from Division I coaches at showcase events last spring in Chicago and Texas despite averaging just 2.5 points and 1.5 rebounds in less than 10 minutes per game in junior college.
The Tigers now have 1 scholarship remaining for the upcoming season. He has 1 year of eligibility remaining.
It remains to be seen where Okongo decides to transfer to finish out his college career.