Torrence Watson becomes the latest Mizzou basketball player to enter the transfer portal
After three years in Columbia, Missouri guard Torrence Watson has entered the transfer portal, the program confirmed to the Tribune on Wednesday.
Watson is the fifth Missouri men's basketball player from this past season to enter the portal in a span of eight days, including four since Saturday.
The 6-foot-5 guard from St. Louis played in 22 of the Tigers' 26 games during the 2020-21 campaign but didn't start a single contest.
Watson played only 159 minutes this past season (7.2 per game), with a heavy rotation of experienced guards ahead of him on the Tigers' roster. He finished the year with 1.8 points per game, five steals and three assists.
Missouri now has four open scholarship spots to fill for the upcoming season. Only three players from its 2020-21 roster (Kobe Brown, Javon Pickett and Jordan Wilmore) are slated to return to Missouri at this time.
Watson came to Missouri after a standout prep career at Whitfield High School, earning a four-star rating as a recruit. He averaged 7.1 points as a freshman, playing in 32 games with five starts.
During the 2019-20 season, Watson saw his playing time regress from 23 minutes per game to 17. His scoring average dropped to 4.6 points per contest.
Watson did make an appearance in all 31 games of his sophomore season, playing an average of 16.9 minutes per game, finishing the season with 143 points, 41 rebounds and eight steals in 523 minutes.
Perhaps Watson's best outing as a Tiger came Dec. 30, 2019, with a career-high 24 points against Chicago State during a game in which he made a Mizzou Arena single-game record eight 3-pointers. Xavier Pinson, who entered the transfer portal last week, tied that feat this past season.
Read more on Mizzou players entering the transfer portal:
- Senior guard Mark Smith says goodbye to Mizzou
- Missouri forward Ed Chang enters transfer portal
- Mizzou basketball forward Parker Braun becomes latest Tiger to transfer
- Junior guard Xavier Pinson enters transfer portal
Watson played for only one minute against Oklahoma in the NCAA Tournament, in what ended up being his Missouri finale.
The junior has two years of eligibility remaining and figured to play a bigger role with the Tigers next season with Missouri's mass roster makeover.
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