Monday, December 19, 2011
Mom: Jabari Brown going to Mizzou
By Diamond Leung ESPN.com
Freshman guard Jabari Brown, a top recruit who abruptly left Oregon after starting the first two games of the 2011-12 season, committed to transfer to Missouri on Monday, according to his mother, Fannie.
Brown was averaging 6.0 points and 5.5 turnovers before he departed Oregon. Brown was the nation's seventh-ranked shooting guard in the class of 2011 and was the centerpiece of Ducks coach Dana Altman's recruiting class.
Fannie Brown cited "a good fit" with Missouri's system and Tigers coach Frank Haith while declining to elaborate on her son's departure from Oregon.
"I'll just say it was a tough decision to leave when you know these young men will be raked over the coals when people don't have any idea what's going on," she said.
"We thank Coach Altman and his staff for what they did for Jabari. It was a decision he made, and we will always support our boy."
If Brown enrolls immediately, he could be eligible to join the Tigers as soon as next December under the NCAA's transfer laws.
Missouri will also add transfer guards Keion Bell and Earnest Ross to start next season.
Diamond Leung covers college basketball for ESPN.com and can be reached at email@example.com.