Mizzou basketball senior guard Drew Buggs enters transfer portal

Eric Blum
Columbia Daily Tribune
Missouri guard Drew Buggs (2) looks to make a play against South Carolina during a game Feb. 20 in Columbia, S.C.

The mass exodus from Missouri men's basketball took another turn Wednesday.

Drew Buggs is entering the transfer portal to explore his extra season of NCAA eligibility, the program confirmed.

Buggs came to Missouri from Hawaii as a graduate transfer last April and averaged 13.7 minutes and 1.8 points per game this past season. The Long Beach, California, native played in all 26 games for the Tigers but never started.

Missouri still has two open scholarship spots on its 2021-22 roster.

It was long thought that none of the five Tiger seniors gaining an extra year of eligibility because of the coronavirus pandemic would exercise it. Now, Buggs and former guard Mark Smith have chosen to seek other options for an extra season of college basketball. Smith committed to Kansas State last week.

Buggs is the sixth player from the Missouri roster this past season to enter the transfer portal over the past 15 days. Xavier Pinson, Parker Braun, Ed Chang and Torrence Watson have entered the portal but are yet to announce new destinations. 

Buggs scored more than three points in a game three times, with a season-high of eight coming in Missouri's home games against both Arkansas and LSU. 

He played 22 minutes in the Tigers' first-round NCAA Tournament loss to Oklahoma on March 20 and was coach Cuonzo Martin's point guard of choice down the stretch of the game over Pinson, who regularly held that distinction. 

Buggs' departure comes four days after Missouri added Jarron "Boogie" Coleman, a transfer point guard from Ball State, to its roster via the transfer portal. In 2019-20, Coleman earned Mid-American Conference freshman of the year honors. He played in all 31 of the Cardinals' games and made 25 starts.

As a sophomore, Coleman missed the first 10 games of the year while recovering from foot surgery. He played in 13 games, starting 10, while averaging 13.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. He shot 42.5% from 3-point range.

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