After visiting Columbia and chatting with Frank Haith, shooting guard Jordan Clarkson has decided to transfer from Tulsa to Missouri. He will sit out the 2012-13 season and have two more years of eligibility starting in the fall of 2013. Clarkson had been linked to Texas as a possible transfer destination. However, after meeting with Tulsa athletic director Ross Parmley, Clarkson was denied a LOI release to Texas, along with Baylor, Texas A&M, and Arizona.
Clarkson's decision just adds to Missouri's "Transfer U" moniker. The Tigers will add Alex Oriakhi (UConn), Jabari Brown (Oregon), Keion Bell (Pepperdine) and Earnest Ross (Auburn) over the next couple of years. All are expected to be eligible for the 2012-13 season (with Brown eligible in the spring), whereas Clarkson won't be eligible until fall 2013.
For Texas fans, the silver lining is that it will be more likely that the Longhorns pursue and land a stud scoring wing in the 2013 recruiting class. The name that most people are aware of is Keith Frazier, a sharp-shooting five-star SG from Dallas Kimball. Texas is also on the shortlist for shooting guard Nick King (East / Memphis). The Longhorns are also still in the running for small forward Devonta Pollard (Kemper County / DeKalb, MS), one of three uncommitted prospects remaining in the 2012 class.
UPDATE: Per Mike Finger of the San Antonio Express News, Clarkson wanted to come to Texas. Dear Mr. Parmley, kindly EABOD.