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Mizzou lands high-scoring former Missouri State guard Isiaih Mosley

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COLUMBIA, Mo. — Dennis Gates found his shooter. He didn’t have to look far.

Isiaih Mosley, the prolific scorer from Columbia and formerly Missouri State, is transferring to Mizzou, his hometown team, for his fourth season of eligibility, he announced Monday on Instagram.

“I’m coming home,” the two-time first-team All-Missouri Valley Conference guard posted on Instagram.

Mosley, a former star guard at Rock Bridge High, spent the past three years in Springfield, where this past season he averaged 20.4 points per game, plus 6.2 rebounds. The 6-foot-5 guard has been widely rated among the best players available in the transfer portal and was linked to Kansas, Florida and Mississippi State in recent weeks before Mizzou quietly entered the picture.

The MVC standout was among the nation’s best all-around shooters last year, shooting 50.4% from the field, 42.7% from 3-point range and 90.2% from the foul line. He entered the transfer portal after the season and also tested the NBA draft waters before deciding to return for another season in college. In MSU’s 34 games, Mosley scored 20 points or more 20 times this past season, including six games with at least 30 points. He scored a career-high 43 in a loss to Northern Iowa on Jan. 8. He had five games with 10 or more rebounds. As a sophomore, Mosley averaged 19.8 points per game while shooting 38.6% from 3-point range.

{div class=”lee-article-text”}“It started with teams playing him one-on-one, which just can’t work in this conference,” Missouri State coach Dana Ford said of Mosley in March. “Then we’ve seen multiple double teams, changing how they defend his ball screens and coverage with different types of guys. Bradley tried a triangle-and-two. Loyola really ran and jumped. He’s seen a lot of looks.”

{div class=”lee-article-text”}“One of the things we learned in the first (meeting) is you can’t guard him with one guy,” Northern Iowa coach Ben Jacobson said. “He’s too good of a player for us to play one-on-one with his ability to get to the basket and then step back into that jump shot and make longer 3s. We mostly learned you have to provide more help.”

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Mosley joins Gates’ completely rebuilt Mizzou backcourt that will also feature national junior college player of the year Sean East, Clemson transfer Nick Honor, Cleveland State imports D’Moi Hodge and Tre Gomillion, and Milwaukee transfer DeAndre Gholston.

Mosley gives Mizzou 12 scholarship players for the 2022-23 season, leaving Gates one last spot for a scholarship addition. Newly committed Cleveland State transfer Mabor Majak is coming to Missouri as a walk-on center but could earn the 13th scholarship if the staff doesn’t add another player to the roster.

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