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Mizzou guard C.J. Roberts decides to transfer

December 8, 2017

Missouri freshman guard C.J. Roberts plans to transfer at the semester break, his father Craig Roberts confirmed Thursday. Roberts has sat out MU’s first nine games and wants to move to a program where he can gain more playing time, Craig Roberts said in a text message. The Kansas City Star reported the news first Thursday.

Missouri’s coaching staff decided at the start of the season to redshirt Roberts this year to preserve his year of eligibility. He did not join the team for its trip to Orlando for last month’s Advo are Invitational. He was on the bench in street clothes for Tuesday night’s home game against Miami-Ohio. The team was expected to address Roberts’ status Thursday night.

The 6-foot guard from Irving, Texas, was the first member of Mizzou’s current freshman class to commit to Mizzou, picking the Tigers last fall when Kim Anderson was still coaching the team. He briefly considered other offers after Cuonzo Martin was hired but decided to stick with his letter of intent to Mizzou. His departure will leave the Tigers with another open scholarship to use on the 2018 recruiting class.