ST. LOUIS — Cameron Biedscheid’s basketball odyssey has taken him from St. Louis, where he starred at Cardinal Ritter College Prep, to the University of Notre Dame and now on to Mizzou.
Biedscheid, a 6-foot-7, 186-pound sophomore small forward, is expected to make a verbal commitment to the University of Missouri, according to a source, and will transfer there for the upcoming semester.
He wrote on his Twitter account — @CamBiedscheid — on Tuesday afternoon that he had "not made any decision yet or talked to anybody and said I am going anywhere for sure." But by Tuesday evening Biedscheid had told Evan Daniels of Scout.com and Scott Burgess of ChicagoHoops.com that he would commit to the Tigers.
"I think it’s definitely a big addition for them," said Burgess, a recruiting analyst with ChicagoHoops.com. "With the whole new transfer thing, getting a transfer is just kind of like getting a top 50 recruit again. He has good size. From what I remember in high school he could really shoot the ball. He’s a solid athlete. He knew how to set up his man for the shot and create space, which was something I really liked in his game, and he was a pretty good ballhandler for his size and his position."
Reached for comment by FOXSportsMidwest.com, Biedscheid declined to discuss whether or not he had indeed made a verbal pledge to the Tigers.
Biedscheid played in 34 games for Notre Dame as a freshman during the 2012-13 season and averaged 6.2 points and 1.4 rebounds. He shot 30.3 percent from beyond the 3-point line (36 of 119) and 81.8 percent on free throws (36 of 44).
The lanky wing had a standout career at Cardinal Ritter, where he averaged 31.7 points and 9.6 rebounds as a senior and was selected the Gatorade Player of the Year in Missouri as well as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Player of the Year.
Rivals.com rated him as the 28th best prospect nationally in the Class of 2012 and Scout.com rated him No. 49 in the country.
It is possible Biedscheid could be eligible to play for the Tigers at the beginning of the 2014-15 season, if the NCAA grants him a hardship waiver, or he would be eligible around midseason next year.
Mizzou could use him if he is able to regain the form and potential he displayed as a high school standout.
The Tigers signed two Top 100 recruits in November in power forward Jakeenan Gant and shooting guard Namon Wright, but coach Frank Haith could lose his trio of Jordan Clarkson, Jabari Brown and Earnest Ross.
Ross is the only senior of the three, but Clarkson and Brown, the team’s top two scorers, could both make themselves eligible for the NBA Draft at the conclusion of their junior seasons this spring.
Missouri would likely return two starters in post players Johnathan Williams III and Ryan Rosburg next season to go along with promising young point guard Wes Clark. Deuce Bello, a 6-4 shooting guard who transferred from Baylor and was a four-star recruit in high school, will be eligible next season after sitting out this year.
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