On the campus of College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri, the NAIA Division II men’s basketball tournament came to a close on Tuesday night as Walsh University (Oh.) topped Concordia University (Neb.) by a count of 81-70. It wrapped up a 32-team tournament, which started last Wednesday. It was the sixth straight year College of the Ozarks has hosted and they are under contract through 2007.
Former Mizzou recruit Robert Whaley had 25 points for Walsh University, which won it’s first national title. He was named the tournament MVP. Whaley was going to come to MU, but was accused of rape by a 13 year old girl while in high school. His trial was declared a mistrial and in the meantime, Mizzou rescinded its scholarship.
He then went to Barton County Community College in Kansas where he was a two-time All-American, but more trouble followed. There, he was charged with two counts of felony aggravated assault but had the counts worked down to misdemeanors.
Whaley then joined the University of Cincinnati program beginning with the 2003-2004 season, but left the team in February. He asked to come back before the 2004 NCAA Tournament and was reinstated. Academic troubles led to him transferring to Walsh last summer.