Republished from the Jefferson City News Tribune
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Sophomore Cameron Biedscheid was dismissed by the Missouri basketball team on Tuesday. Wednesday, coach Kim Anderson commented on the departure of the sophomore Notre Dame transfer.
“Look, here’s the deal,” Anderson said. “This is the University of Missouri, and we have certain expectations for our student-athletes, and so when those expectations aren’t met, then there are consequences.”
Anderson said the dismmisal gives Biedscheid “the opportunity for him to deal with some personal issues and concentrate on some things that he needs to concentrate on.”
The decision was made Tuesday to dismiss Biedscheid, a guard. A press release from Missouri cited “personal matters” and stated no further comment would be given.
“We’re dealing with young men, and young men make mistakes,” Anderson said Wednesday.
Biedscheid transferred from Notre Dame at semester last season and was to be eligible for Missouri at the end of the 2014 fall semester, though Missouri had filed a waiver in hopes of deeming Biesdscheid eligible at the beginning of the season.
In his freshman season at Notre Dame, Biedscheid played in 34 games, averaging 6.2 points and 1.4 rebounds. He scored a season-high 18 points in a 65-60 win over Villanova, shooting 5-of-7 from three point range and earning Big East Rookie of the Week honors. He had been redshirting in his second year prior to his transfer.
A four-star recruit out of Cardinal Ritter College Prep in St. Louis, Biedscheid was ranked No. 28 in the 2012 class by Rivals.com. He averaged 31.7 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists as a senior, when he was named the 2012 Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year and Mr. Show-Me Basketball.
“He’s a guy who could score,” Anderson said. “He’s obviously a guy who could shoot the basketball. Anytime you lose a player, it’s hard, but I think for Cam, this is the best thing and we all wish him well going forward.”
Biedscheid is the third Missouri basketball departure since Anderson was named coach. Shane Rector transferred in May and Torren Jones was dismissed from the team in August.
“I’m not a difficult guy to get along with,” Anderson said, “and the guys who aren’t here anymore, it really wasn’t a deal where they didn’t get along with me. It’s just a situation where we’re going to do things a certain way. That’s what I was hired to do, and so unfortunately, things have happened.
“I think we do need to establish what we are, who we are. This is the University of Missouri basketball team, and we don’t have unrealistic expectations. I don’t make everybody be in at 9 o’clock every night or any of that stuff, but we are going to have some guidelines.”
Senior forward Keanau Post added: “It’s not a good feeling, but there’s always some sacrifices that have to be made for the betterment of the team.”
Last month, freshmen Jakeenan Gant and D’Angelo Allen were suspended after being arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault.
Anderson said Gant and Allen have resumed team activities after completing the necessary amount of character development, community service and conditioning.
“I just have to grow from it and be smart about everything I do and watch my back and everything like that,” Allen said. “Just be ready to focus on basketball and books. That’s it.”