Hometown product to leave Mizzou

Homesickness is a common factor when it comes to transfers. A player evaluates his uncertain situation and determines that he'd feel more comfortable playing closer to home. It happens all the time.

In the case of Missouri freshman guard Ricky Kreklow, he'd like a change of scenery after playing a season for his hometown school. His father is on campus coaching the Mizzou's women's volleyball team, his mother is the director of operations and his older cousin plays on the team.

But new Tigers coach Frank Haith said Thursday it was his understanding the 6-foot-6 Columbia native would transfer after averaging 9.8 minutes this season playing for Mike Anderson.

"Ricky we certainly hate to leave our program, but we understand his decision," Haith said Thursday. "He’s a Columbia kid. Ricky's expressed he'd like to spread his wings, so to speak, and get away from home.

"He really wants to go away and have a different college experience being away from home."

The Tigers could have used depth in their rotation, but are set for next season with a senior backcourt with Kim English and Marcus Denmon returning. Both recently accepted invitations to try out for USA Basketball's World University Games team. Missouri also has sophomore Phil Pressey in the backcourt.

Still, with six seniors next season, Haith could very well have found a place for Kreklow to make major contributions in the future had it not been for his departure.

What it does provide Haith with is another open scholarship that he could look to fill immediately as he works toward making up a roster of his own players following the Anderson era.

And for Kreklow, it's a chance to see what he can do away from home.