Jabari Brown, Keith Shamburger

Missouri lands Hawaii transfer Keith Shamburger

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With Jabari Brown and Jordan Clarkson both entering the NBA Draft, there was room for another perimeter player at Missouri. And on Saturday it was learned that head coach Kim Anderson has added a guard to the program, with former Hawaii point guard Keith Shamburger tweeting that he’ll be a Tiger.

In line to graduate this spring, Shamburger is expected to be eligible as a graduate transfer.

As a junior Shamburger, who began his college career at San Jose State, averaged 9.3 points and 5.4 assists per game for Gib Arnold’s Warriors. He reached double figures in assists in three different games, including an 11-assist performance in win at UC Irvine in late-January. Shamburger also scored 17 points in that game, and his high for points in a game (20) came in the Warriors’ Big West tournament loss to Cal-State Northridge.

With the loss of Clarkson the Tigers were in need of some experience at the point, and the addition of Shamburger helps in that regard. The two holdovers at the position are Wes Clark and Shane Rector, with both being rising sophomores. Clark was one of the first players off the bench last season, and he posted averages of 4.1 points and 2.1 assists per game. Rector played in 24 games, averaging 4.4 minutes per contest.

In a story written by Steve Walentik of the Columbia Daily Tribune, Shamburger noted Brown’s experience at Missouri as one of the reasons why he chose Missouri:

“It was between some good programs,” said Shamburger, who also had opportunities at Maryland, Auburn and Ohio and had heard from Tennessee. “But at the end of the day, to be honest with you, my heart was with Mizzou. Bari’s like a best friend to me, so the way he succeeded there, that was something big to me.”

This isn’t the first “exchange” of players between the two schools either. Negus Webster-Chan will be eligible at Hawaii this season after sitting out the 2013-14 campaign, and forward Stefan Jankovic will be able to suit up for the Warriors after the fall semester.

Utah lands top-75 center Jayce Johnson

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Utah picked up its center of the future on Monday as four-star center Jayce Johnson pledged to the Runnin’ Utes, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com. The 7-foot Johnson recently cut his list to Cal, Colorado and Utah with the possibility of reclassifying to the Class of 2015.

Regarded as the No. 67 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, Johnson will look to attend Utah in December as a walk-on who will redshirt. While Johnson likely won’t play this season, he does give head coach Larry Krystkowiak another big man to use in practice to go against sophomore center Jakob Poeltl. A solid long-term prospect, Johnson has a good frame to add weight and he’s also skilled finishing with both hands. Utah now has its replacement for Poeltl if he opts to leave for the NBA after the season and he gets an extra semester to work with the program.

Johnson is coming off of his official visit to Utah this weekend as he joins junior college guard Jojo Zamora in the Class of 2016.


PHOTO: South Carolina gets new uniforms

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South Carolina debuted some new uniforms early this week as the school is going with a fresh look and three color ways.

They’re also going to with the “Carolina” branding this season, but I think these new uniforms look pretty cool.