Mizzou Men’s Basketball head coach Kim Anderson announced that Montaque Gill-Caesar will not return to the Tigers’ roster for the 2015-16 season. A back injury slowed him down during his freshman season, and he skipped team summer workouts.
“We wish Montaque the best,” Anderson said. “In an evolving conversation this week, Montaque informed our program of his future plans. He intends to resume his education and playing career at a different institution. We will assist him in every way possible in that transition, pending the completion of academic obligations he committed to with our staff. Our program cannot thank Montaque and his family enough for being a part of the Mizzou Basketball Family.”
Gill-Caesar scored in double figures in 13 of his 27 games played last season. He suffered a back injury in the Braggin’ Rights Game vs. Illinois on Dec. 20, 2014, and missed Mizzou’s first three Southeastern Conference games of the season while recovering. Gill-Caesar averaged 12.6 points per game entering the Illinois matchup, and battled back to post a 6.9 points-per-game average upon his return from sitting out.
“I want to thank the Mizzou Basketball program for its support, as well as thanks to all of the fans and people of Columbia who made me feel so welcome,” Gill-Caesar said. “I’d like to continue my college basketball career at a school where I am most comfortable. I certainly hope to see plenty of success for my friends on the team and the Mizzou coaching staff in the future.”