Missouri adds Isiaih Mosley from nearby Missouri State

Former Missouri State guard Isiaih Mosley is transferring to Missouri, on social media. The 6-foot-5 guard averaged 20.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game last season.

Mosley, 22, was named to the first-team All-MVC team and was one of only three Division 1 players in the previous 20 years to shoot 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point range and 90 percent from the free-throw line while averaging 20 points per game. He officially withdrew his name from the 2022 NBA Draft on May 28.

Mosley is the sixth player the Tigers have acquired via the transfer portal under new head coach Dennis Gates.

Why pick Missouri?

C.J. Moore, college basketball staff writer: By going high-major, Mosley gets a chance to show that his game can translate to a higher level and makes himself more desirable to the NBA if he can be as close to as good as he was in the Missouri Valley.

Mizzou is not only in his hometown, it’s also a spot where he will likely be able to be a high-usage player and get plenty of shots. He may have held a grudge with the previous staff for not pursuing him very hard in high school, but the Tigers got a redo with Dennis Gates now in charge.

How will he fit in with the team?

Moore: Gates seems to be targeting big scoring guards but he didn’t have an obvious one to slot in at point guard, and now he has one. Mosley isn’t exactly a table-setter but he’s talented enough to play the lead guard spot for the Tigers.

How all these scorers from lower levels fit together will be interesting. But there’s no doubt that Mosley should get first crack at playing a star’s role.

Expectations for Missouri in the SEC

Moore: There was a big talent gap a year ago for Mizzou in the SEC, and this roster looks like it should be way more competitive. I’m a believer in Northern Iowa transfer Noah Carter and we’ve had Mosley listed as one of the top available transfers throughout.

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Kobe Brown has also proven he can be a productive player in the SEC. The Tigers still aren’t on the level of the top-tier teams in the league, but they’re probably somewhere in the middle and that could be good enough to make the NCAA Tournament.

A tourney bid would be a major win in Year One for Gates, and Mosley could be the piece that gets the Tigers there and into the NCAA Tournament.

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