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Breaking: Missouri big man Parker Braun set to transfer

The redshirt sophomore provided depth on the interior but struggled to carve out a larger role for the Tigers.

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Per multiple reports, Missouri forward Parker Braun entered the transfer portal, another move for a Tigers roster undergoing an offseason overhaul. Power Mizzou reported the news first, since multiple reports have followed, including Dave Matter who confirmed the news with MU.

The redshirt sophomore becomes the second veteran to exit the program this week on the heels of Xavier Pinson’s transfer on Monday. Braun, who hails from Overland Park, Kan., came to Columbia as a preferred walk-on but eventually earned a scholarship after his redshirt season.

The 6-8, 217-pound forward averaged 9.3 minutes per game this season and posted 2.8 points and 1.5 rebounds. With Braun’s departure, sophomore Jordan Wilmore is the lone returning member of a hollowed-out frontcourt and a player who saw scant action at just 1.5 minutes per game. The Tigers signed a pair of freshmen — DeSmet’s Yaya Keita and Springfield Kickapoo’s Trevon Brazile — in its 2021 recruiting class.

With Braun moving on, coach Cuonzo Martin now has two scholarship vacancies to fill in an offseason of hectic player movement. More than 1,000 players had entered the transfer portal in search of new programs as of Saturday morning. How Martin and the staff opt to use those slots will be interesting.

Earlier this week, Green Bay combo guard Amari Davis, the former Horizon League Freshman of the Year, committed to the Tigers, an addition that potentially adds some scoring punch to the perimeter. Given the youth movement set to unfold, adding another veteran ball-handler and an experienced might be prudent.

For Braun, the decision to move on is also logical. While he provided relief behind Jeremiah Tilmon, he struggled to guard more traditional post players around the block. Offensively, he tried to carve out a niche rolling to the rim, corralling dump-offs in the short corner or getting on the offensive glass. At times, he also tried to stretch the floor.

Yet minutes and a more prominent role might be available in a high-quality mid-major program. In the right program, he could evolve into a potent stretch four.