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Louisiana-Lafayette lands Missouri transfer Jakeenan Grant

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Jakeenan Gant, the last of five players signed by Missouri in 2014 to leave Columbia, has decided to continue his college career at Louisiana-Lafayette.

Gant will have to sit out the upcoming season to comply with NCAA transfer rules, will have two seasons of eligibility remaining for the Ragin’ Cajuns.

When he announced he was leaving Missouri, he said that he wanted to be closer to his family. His mother La’Kenia, moved to the Ozarks in Missouri before Gant graduated from high school and she has since moved back to Georgia.

“My time at Mizzou has been great and Coach Anderson and his staff really helped me develop as a player and person these past two seasons,” Gant said in a statement released by the school last April. “I’ll miss Columbia, but feel the need to make a move with my family and mother in mind.”

The 6-foot-8, 205-pound Gant was a four-star recruit and the No. 52 overall player in the 2014 class, according to Rivals. He was suspended for the first nine games of the 2014 season for violating NCAA rules. Gant started 10 games in his Mizzou career and reached double figures in scoring seven times.

Last season as a sophomore he averaged 5.1 points and 3.8 boards in 15 minutes per game. Gant underwent shoulder surgery in March.

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