The Missouri-Arkansas basketball rivalry hasn’t been very intense lately, but there’s a new twist to spark interest in the series: Trevon Brazile, the Tigers’ most promising young player last season , become red.
Brazile, a week after entering the NCAA transfer portal, has signed up with the Razorbacks, he announced on social media on Wednesday.
The 6-foot-9 freshman from Springfield, Missouri, started 23 of 25 games he played this season and averaged 6.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game , ranking among the SEC leaders all season in blocks. The former three-star prospect was one of former coach Cuonzo Martin’s best finds, first committing to Mizzou in September 2020 on the day Martin became the first major coach to offer him a scholarship. At the time, his only other offers came from Montana State and Cleveland State, then coached by new Mizzou coach Dennis Gates, although Arkansas and Kansas also reached out to the time.
Brazile is one of six players from Mizzou’s 2020-21 squad to enter the portal, along with fellow freshmen Anton Brookshire and Sean Durugordon, sophomore center Jordan Wilmore, junior guard DaJuan Gordon and senior guard Javon Pickett. Gordon’s portal submission became official on Wednesday, VerbalCommits.com reported for the first time.
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Gordon came to Columbia last summer after spending the previous two seasons at Kansas State. The Chicago native averaged 8.3 points for the Tigers last season and had a career-best 36.4 percent from 3-point range. He started in 31 games and finished the season with a career-high 19 points in the season-ending loss to LSU in the SEC Tournament.
Arkansas, the only Southeastern Conference program to make the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight, continues to add major plays under coach Eric Musselman. In November, the Hogs signed two five-star and three four-star prospects and recently added a commitment from another five-star 2022 rookie. Headlining five-star guards Nick Smith and Anthony Black and forward five stars Jordan Walsh, the Razorbacks class is ranked No. 2 nationally by 247Sports.com and Rivals.com — and those rankings don’t take into account the addition of Brazile.
Where does that leave Mizzou’s list? The Tigers have six players still eligible who did not enter the portal on Wednesday: freshmen Kaleb Brown and Yaya Keita; sophomore Ronnie DeGray III; and juniors Kobe Brown, Boogie Coleman and Amari Davis. Incoming first-year guard Christian Jones of East St. Louis has not indicated whether he will change his plans. Gates has landed two recent commitments with junior college forward Mohamed Diarra and Milwaukee transfer guard DeAndre Gholston.