1. Hoops scholarships in 2014
The Tigers lose two players in Ross and Criswell after this year and have added one in Sandifer. That puts Missouri at 12 scholarship players currently on the roster or committed for the 2014-15 season. That means there is just one spot left.
The fairly clear top priority for that spot is Moss Point, Miss. shooting guard Devin Booker. Booker is not too focused on recruiting over the summer.
"I'm thinking after the summer I'll have a better idea when I cut it down," Booker told TheWolverine.com on June 19th. "I'll do that sometime in the fall. I'm not sure how it's going to go, but I'll take it from there."
College basketball players are transferring like never before — more than 400 have left Division I rosters since the end of the season — and while coaches demonize the AAU circuit for fostering the transfer culture, most are opening their doors to the latest free agents, even the traditional power schools who have historically built their rosters with elite high school recruits. Duke, Kansas, Arizona, Syracuse, Connecticut, Indiana, Georgetown and Florida have all taken in high-profile Division I transfers recently. Illinois has five Division I transfers on its current roster.
On one hand, the Tigers broke even in the transfer market this offseason, losing Dominique Bull (George Washington) and Negus Webster-Chan (Hawaii) in exchange for Bello and Price. Haith also signed four high school players for the 2013 class, all of whom are on campus and going through summer workouts.
On the other hand, is seven D-I transfers over three years too many for one program? Is Haith using a savvy approach by capitalizing on the transfer culture? Or is he binging on transfers at the expense of building his roster by more conventional methods?