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May 7, 2012

Clarkson makes his decision

The spring of 2012 has been one of the busiest in recent memories when it comes to NCAA Division 1 basketball transfers. Mizzou has been active in the growing market landing Alex Oriakhi from Connecticut, expressing interest in Jordan Siebert from Ohio State among others, and today landing another commitment from Jordan Clarkson from Tulsa.

Clarkson, who is originally from San Antonio, TX, will sit out next year and then have two years of eligibility remaining. Last year for Tulsa Clarkson averaged 16.5 PPG, 3.9 RPG and 2.5 APG while shooting 43.5 FG%, 37.4 3FG%, and 78.4 FT%.

For Clarkson the decision where to continue his career was not an easy one as he was considering some good basketball programs. In the end, though, Mizzou felt like the best fit.

"It was just how I felt with the coaching staff, Coach Haith and the players. I just felt real comfortable there and that was a big part of my decision," Clarkson said. "I got along with the players real well. I felt real comfortable with them. When I was on my visit it felt like I was already in school there and I knew them for a while. I've known Phil (Pressey) for a while now and just hanging with him and the rest of the teammates it gave me a home feeling. It's a real family environment."

Understandably, it can be a difficult transition for transfers going from being a leader of a team to a practice player for a year, but that will not be a problem for Clarkson.

"I love to get in the gym and work so I don't think the year sitting out will be hard for me. I'm just looking at it as a development year and a learning experience," said Clarkson.

When he does make it to the court for the 2013-14 season Clarkson shared what type of player Mizzou fans can expect to see.

"I can get people involved, get into the lane, and knock down the open three. I can also create my own shot and make things happen in transition," Clarkson said.

With the commitment of Clarkson Mizzou has now reached the limit of 13 scholarship players for the 2012-13 basketball season. That would indicate that they are no longer in the running for Devonta Pollard or Matt Willms, but as is the case in recruiting nothing is certain until everyone is on campus.

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