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Deuce Bello transfers to Missouri

Former Baylor guard Deuce Bello has completed a transfer to Missouri, the Tigers announced Tuesday.

Bello will sit out next season but will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

"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 said in a statement released by the school. "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 2.4 points and 1.4 rebounds as a sophomore in 2012-13, when Baylor primarily used him as a defensive stopper off the bench. His chances at increased playing time next season appeared slim, with Baylor returning the crux of its team while adding guards Kenny Chery, Ishmail Wainright and Al Freeman.

"Obviously, a key word here with Deuce is his potential," Missouri coach Frank Haith said in a statement. "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 toward 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.

"As a player I really like his desire to be the best defender possible. 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."

The 6-foot-4 Bello was the 54th-ranked player in the Class of 2011 by ESPN.com. He signed with Baylor along with high school teammate Quincy Miller, who was ranked No. 7. Miller left after one season to enter the NBA draft.

Bello is nationally known because of his ability to produce highlight-reel dunks. When Bello was a high school senior, Dime magazine rated him as the 19th-best dunker in the world.

Information from ESPN.com's Jason King was used in this report.