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Mizzou announces Johnathan William III, Deuce Bello to transfer

Mizzou has officially granted Johnathan Williams III and Deuce Bello releases to transfer

Dak Dillon-USA TODAY Sports

Our own Sam Snelling broke the news:

Deuce Bello:

From the official release:

Mizzou Men’s Basketball Roster Changes Announced

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Sophomore forward Johnathan Williams III has decided to transfer from the Mizzou Men’s Basketball program.

"We appreciate the character and competiveness that Johnathan brought to our Mizzou program and we certainly wish him the best of luck in the future," said head coach Kim Anderson. "Our Mizzou coaching staff will continue to build a foundation for championship basketball at our first-class institution."

In addition, junior guard Deuce Bello intends to graduate from the University of Missouri this spring and transfer to pursue graduate studies at another institution. The Mizzou men’s basketball program is cooperatively helping Bello with his potential future options.

Missouri confirms Williams' departure; Bello also leaving - Columbia Daily Tribune | Steve Walentik

Bello, a 6-4 guard from Greensboro, N.C., needs to complete his degree to take advantage of the NCAA's graduate transfer rule because he does not have the option of sitting out after spending his first two seasons at Baylor, sitting out the 2013-14 season after transferring and then playing this season.

Williams, Bello both leaving Mizzou : Dave Matter

Johnny Williams, Williams’ father, confirmed his son’s decision to transfer last week. Williams, the team’s leading scorer and rebounder this past season, asked to be released from his scholarship last week. Missouri had seven days to officially grant his release.