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May 28, 2013?
PowerMizzou.com reported last Monday that former Baylor Bear Deuce Bello would transfer to Missouri. On Tuesday morning, the school confirmed that news.
"I really like his desire to be the best defender possible," head coach Frank Haith said in a statement. "He is a tremendous athlete and has that great explosion and length that you just can't teach. He wants to be great and wants to hang his hat on being a defensive stopper. I really liked his mindset when we spoke and I'm very excited to have him with us at Mizzou."
"I am really excited about joining the program at Missouri and just felt like I had a great relationship with the staff during the recruiting process," Bello added in the statement from Mizzou. "Coach Haith and Coach Fuller are two guys I was very familiar with and I really like how they play, the fan support they have and the opportunity to play in the SEC was exciting to me. I can't wait to get on campus and get to work."
Bello averaged just 2.8 points and 10.6 minutes per game in two seasons at Baylor. But coming out of high school in North Carolina, he was one of the nation's most explosive athletes and was rated as the No. 54 player in the Class of 2011 by Rivals.com.
"Obviously a key word here with Deuce is his potential," Haith said. "First and foremost, Deuce is a high-character young man that fits our program on a number of levels and I think our fans will gravitate towards him because he is such a nice, humble young guy. Secondly he will step on campus ready to work. The precedent of improvement during that year away has already been set by guys like Earnest (Ross), Jabari (Brown), Jordan (Clarkson) and Keion (Bell). Those guys improved tremendously during that year off and Deuce will follow that same model.
The addition of Bello leaves Missouri with one available scholarship for the 2013-14 season, but at this point, PowerMizzou.com does not expect that vacancy to be filled.
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