Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith has been active in the transfer game in recent years, and this year is no exception. Haith landed former Louisville center Zach Price over the weekend, and Price will be the 7th high-profile transfer in the last two seasons to end up with the Tigers.
While Price’s stats were uninspiring as a sophomore with Louisville (1.3 points, 1.4 rebounds, 7.7 minutes per game in 16 games), he is considered to be a big-time talent. At 6-foot-10, he presents Missouri with size that they have been short on in recent years (short of Alex Oriakhi), and while he’ll have to sit out this season as part of the NCAA’s transfer rules, the cupboard isn’t bare in Missouri.
Earnest Ross (Auburn transfer) and Jabari Brown (Oregon transfer) will be joined by Jordan Clarkson (Tulsa) transfer in the lineup for Missouri, and that trio will do their best to replace the massive contributions of Phil Pressey and the aforementioned Oriakhi in the Missouri lineup. The talent infusion under Haith has been undeniable, and the longer he stays there, the more stable the program will become.
It may not seem like much, but Price’s impact could be measurable down the line, and it certainly isn’t a crime to be Gorgui Dieng’s college back-up.