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Report: Jakoby Kemp to transfer from Missouri basketball team

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The redshirt freshman never saw the court for the Tigers.

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In what certainly isn’t the most surprising news, it appears that forward Jakoby Kemp, a redshirt on last year’s basketball team, will transfer.

If reports are true, then Kemp would be the third Missouri player to announce his transfer since the season ended and Cuonzo Martin replaced Kim Anderson as Tiger head coach. Kemp evidently had a long way to go as a player, as evidenced by the simple fact that he was a big man on a team that desperately needed size but still took a developmental redshirt year.

Kemp was a late bloomer out of high school, quickly growing to 6’9 but still possessing guard skills. He committed in June 2016 and was always regarded as a raw, under-the-radar find. He will evidently be attempting to hone his skills elsewhere. Good luck to him.

Kemp’s potential departure would mean that Missouri again has one scholarship remaining to fill the 2017-18 roster. One assumes that with Jeremiah Tilmon’s recent commitment, that scholarship will be used to either take Jontay Porter (if he were to reclassify for the 2017 class) or bank toward 2018. So you could say that, either way, it would be Porter’s scholarship if he wants it.