San Diego State landed a talented transfer late Thursday, as former Missouri wing Montaque Gill-Caesar announced on Twitter that he’s decided to join Steve Fisher’s program. Gill-Caesar, who was a four-star prospect coming out of Huntington Prep in West Virginia, will have three years of eligibility remaining after he sits out the 2015-16 campaign.
The 6-foot-6 Gill-Caesar averaged 9.1 points and 3.0 rebounds per game in his lone season at Missouri, playing an average of 24 minutes contest.
Gill-Caesar is an important addition for San Diego State, which will lose wing Winston Shepard III at the end of the upcoming season. Among there perimeter players who have eligibility remaining beyond the upcoming season are Matt Shrigley, Trey Kell and Jeremy Hemsley, and adding a player who can score to this group is a boost for a program that struggled to manufacture baskets last season.
San Diego State has added two transfers to the program this summer, with former Indiana forward Max Hoetzel being the first. Like Gill-Caesar, Hoetzel will have to sit out the upcoming season per NCAA transfer rules.
After announcing earlier this summer that he’d be leaving the Missouri program after just one season, Montaque Gill-Caesar hadn’t said much regarding his plans when it came to a new school. Thursday it was reported by Matt Prehm of 247Sports.com that the Huntington Prep product will visit Oregon, with that trip scheduled for Monday.
Gill-Caesar averaged 9.1 points and 3.0 rebounds per game in his lone season at Missouri, which came after he decided to reclassify back to 2014 from the 2015 class.
Gill-Ceasar will be on campus Monday through Wednesday for an official visit where he’ll spend time with Oregon’s staff, players, and get a feel for the campus. He is also considering taking visits to San Diego State, Iowa State, and Baylor.
Gill-Caesar, who committed to Missouri in early August 2014, reunited with former Huntington Prep head coach and current Missouri assistant Rob Fulford in Columbia. While Oregon does have scholarships remaining for the upcoming academic year, the Ducks will also have to account for the eventual loss of three guard/wing players at the conclusion of the 2015-16 season.
Grad student Dylan Ennis (from Villanova), Elgin Cook and Dwayne Benjamin are all in their final season of eligibility. Landing Gill-Caesar would definitely help Dana Altman and his staff as they look to address this area of need.
Having already lost its leading scorer and rebounder from last season in Johnathan Wililams III to a transfer, Missouri will bid farewell to another player.
Sources told NBCSports.com that guard Montaque Gill-Caesar, who would have been a sophomore this upcoming season, has decided to leave Kim Anderson’s program. Gill-Caesar, who played for Missouri assistant Rob Fulford at Huntington Prep before making the move to Columbia, averaged 9.1 points and 3.9 rebounds per game as a freshman.
“We wish Montaque the best,” Anderson said in a release Wednesday afternoon. “In an evolving conversation this week, Montaque informed our program of his future plans. He intends to resume his education and playing career at a different institution.
“We will assist him in every way possible in that transition, pending the completion of academic obligations he committed to with our staff. Our program cannot thank Montaque and his family enough for being a part of the Mizzou Basketball Family.”
The 6-foot-6 Ontario native’s departure means that there will be minutes available at the shooting guard position. Fellow sophomore Namon Wright returns at the position, and the Tigers also have two shooting guards in their incoming freshman class in K.J. Walton and Cullen VanLeer.
With Gill-Caesar and Williams transferring and guard Keith Shamburger out of eligibility, Missouri will have to account for the loss of three of their top four scorers from last season’s nine-win team.
News of Gill-Caesar’s transfer was first reported by ESPN.com.