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Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Missouri to add Auburn's leading scorer

By Diamond Leung

Missouri has received a commitment from sophomore guard Earnest Ross, who transferred from Auburn even after leading the team in scoring and rebounding, according to the Kansas City Star. In fact, Ross was such a key figure for Auburn that he was named the MVP at the team banquet.

So from the outside looking in, his transfer was surprising. Auburn coach Tony Barbee announced that he and Ross mutually agreed to the transfer while Ross told the Auburn Bureau that it was solely a decision made by himself and his family.

Left to benefit from all this is new Missouri coach Frank Haith, who has a senior-laden roster this year but is expected to see six of the players depart after the season including backcourt mates Marcus Denmon and Kim English. Ross averaged 13.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and shot nearly 80 percent from the free-throw line.

Missouri also could be getting another transfer in Louisville junior forward George Goode, a Raytown, Mo., native. Goode averaged eight minutes in 27 games for the Cardinals.

That players are flocking to Mizzou is great news for Haith, who knows full well he'll have to prove himself to the fans there after the school missed out on getting Matt Painter and seemingly settled on the former Miami coach and Texas assistant who wasn't as much of a household name.
[Missouri athletic director Mike] Alden is certainly gambling that Haith, who built a reputation as a strong recruiter during his time with the Longhorns and, before that, Wake Forest, can continue to build on the work Anderson did rebuilding the program and leading it to three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including an Elite Eight run in 2009.

"Certainly he has had some success at Miami, and he's going to have a lot more success when he’s here at Mizzou," said Alden, who said Haith should benefit from greater resources available to him at Missouri compared to Miami.