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    http://www.columbiatribune.com/2008/...627Spor051.asp

    Keon Lawrence says he will transfer from Missouri

    By STEVE WALENTIK of the Tribune’s staff
    Published Friday, June 27, 2008
    Keon Lawrence, expected to be an integral part of the Missouri basketball team in his junior sea-son, is seeking a transfer.

    “I decided a little bit ago,” Lawrence said in a phone interview this afternoon, hours after informing the coaching staff of his decision. “I just ain’t really been happy. I made my mind up.”

    The MU basketball program was expected to release a statement later this afternoon.

    Lawrence has yet to make a decision about his future home but said he would probably transfer closer to his home in Newark, N.J., possibly to a school in the Big East or Atlantic Coast Conference.

    The 6-foot-2, 175-pound guard should have plenty of suitors after averaging 11 points and 3.3 re-bounds as a sophomore. Both numbers ranked third on the team behind forwards Leo Lyons and DeMarre Carroll.
    Lawrence, who played a team-high 933 minutes and attempted a team-leading 307 shots, grew un-happy last December when he was taken out of the starting lineup. He met with Coach Mike Ander-son to request a transfer in the week after the Tigers’ victory over Purdue. Anderson and associate coach Melvin Watkins met with him and convinced him to stay.

    “I just felt that it would be bad timing,” Lawrence said of leaving in the middle of the season. “I didn’t want to bail out on the team like that.”

    Lawrence regained his starting spot in the wake of the early morning fight outside Athena Night Club that left starting point guard Stefhon Hannah with a broken jaw and led to his dismissal. He went on to average 12.8 points over the final 12 games, including a 25-point performance against Kansas in Allen Fieldhouse, when he shot 10 for 13 from the floor.

    The Tigers were counting on him to build on his late-season success and find more consistency this season, when he was expected to be the team’s top perimeter scorer, complementing the interior tan-dem of Lyons and Carroll.

    That was not enough to make Lawrence want to stick around.

    “It’s not my teammates, and it’s not the fans. That should tell you something,” Lawrence said of his reasons for leaving.

    He added: “I definitely don’t think this time I’m changing my mind. At this point, I just can’t.”

    Lawrence signed a letter of intent to play at Missouri in 2005 when Quin Snyder was still the coach. Anderson and Watkins, a holdover from Snyder’s staff, convinced him to honor that letter of intent after Anderson was hired in March 2006.

    Lawrence said that Anderson tried to convince him to stay again at their meeting this morning, stressing the strides he expected him to make. But Anderson also told him he “wasn’t going to keep an unhappy person here,” Lawrence said.

    The loss is a big blow to Missouri’s prospects in Anderson’s third season. The coach will have to hope that seven newcomers, including five freshmen, can develop quickly to make up for the loss. As for Lawrence, who will have to sit out next season under NCAA transfer rules, he admitted, “Maybe I could be making a mistake, but at this point, I’m just willing to take that chance.”

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    Dear God, KBF here. I'd just like to say thanks, once again, for allowing Dusty Baker and I to live during the same time period. Every time I think he's given me his last gift -- overpitching Prior in the playoffs, getting cocky in Game 6 vs. the Angels, blowing another game for the Cubs -- he does something stupid like pitching to Albert Pujols. Thy will be done, baby!!!!!

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    Geez, good riddance. There is no utopia, Keon. No school is going to get you into the NBA. Thats up to you.
    “I’ve always stated, ‘I’m a Missouri Tiger,’” Anderson said March 13 after Arkansas fired John Pelphrey, adding, “I’m excited about what’s taking place here.”

    Asked then if he would talk to his players about the situation, he said, “They know me, and that’s where the trust comes in.

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    • #3
      Lawrence said that Anderson tried to convince him to stay again at their meeting this morning, stressing the strides he expected him to make. But Anderson also told him he “wasn’t going to keep an unhappy person here,” Lawrence said.
      Good for Anderson.

      jj twiggs - A great family restaurant

      Dear God, KBF here. I'd just like to say thanks, once again, for allowing Dusty Baker and I to live during the same time period. Every time I think he's given me his last gift -- overpitching Prior in the playoffs, getting cocky in Game 6 vs. the Angels, blowing another game for the Cubs -- he does something stupid like pitching to Albert Pujols. Thy will be done, baby!!!!!

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      • #4
        I'm thinking if Keon was a Quin guy and now he has issues with Anderson, then Keon's the problem. I have a whole lot more respect for Anderson than I have for Quin.
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        • #5
          Yeah, sounds like the typical player that thinks he should have been able to declare for the NBA draft by now, but has only been held up by the coaches.

          Its not so coincidental that this is taking place right after the NBA draft took place.
          “I’ve always stated, ‘I’m a Missouri Tiger,’” Anderson said March 13 after Arkansas fired John Pelphrey, adding, “I’m excited about what’s taking place here.”

          Asked then if he would talk to his players about the situation, he said, “They know me, and that’s where the trust comes in.

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          • #6
            Smart move, Keon. Smart move. What seed is Seton Hall in the tourney?
            I like cheese.

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            • #7
              This probably has more to do with stupidity than anything else.
              Here comes Cheveldaaaaaaaaae!!!!!!!!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by triggercut1 View Post
                Smart move, Keon. Smart move. What seed is Seton Hall in the tourney?
                You know, I was going to make a joke about Seton Hall's seed in either the CBI tourney or CIT tourney...but they didn't even make either one of those!

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                • #9
                  bet he is happy with this now.

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                  • #10
                    I think I said last yr at the time, "So I am supposed to be upset that the third-best player on a crappy team is transferring?"
                    Dude. Can. Fly.

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                    • #11
                      Thanks for the extra scholly, Keon... you fuckstick.
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