Our own Sam Snelling broke the news:
It’s official, Johnathan Williams III has received his release this morning. SEC and Big 12 schools on the restrictions list. ‘Zona & NC St.— Sam Snelling (@SamSnellingRMN) April 7, 2015
Anderson: "We appreciate the character and competiveness that Johnathan brought to Mizzou and ... wish him the best of luck in the future."— Steve Walentik (@Steve_Walentik) April 7, 2015
Illinois and Arizona are future #Mizzou opponents with Wildcats slated to visit Columbia in 2016-17 season when Williams will be eligible.— Steve Walentik (@Steve_Walentik) April 7, 2015
Deuce Bello is transferring from Missouri. He'll be eligible immediately next season after graduating this semester.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) April 7, 2015
Missouri announces Johnathan Williams and Deuce Bello both transferring.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) April 7, 2015
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.
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.
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.