Missouri Lands JUCO Forward KJ Santos

KJ Santos Commits

K.J. Santos, the 6-foot-8 small forward from the University of Illinois-Chicago, announced his commitment to Missouri on Monday via Twitter.

He has since transferred from Illinois-Chicago to Tallahassee Community College and plans to transfer to Missouri next year, he told PowerMizzou.com. He will have 2-3 years left of eligibility depending on whether he redshirts this season at Tallahassee.

“I’d like to announce I am verbally committing to the University of Missouri!” said Santos in a statement.

Last season at Illinois-Chicago, Santos averaged 5.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.5 steals, and 0.2 blocks in 19 games played. Santos chose Missouri over South Florida and Texas Tech.

Santos, who attended Vermont (VT) Academy, was a four-star recruit coming out of high school, with offers from Army, DePaul, Fairfield, Georgia Tech, Iowa, Morehead State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Rhode Island, Tulsa, VCU, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Wichita State, and Xavier.

Santos joins Javon Pickett and Jontay Porter as the third commit in Missouri’s 2018 class, although Porter may reclassify to 2017. Porter told CBS Sports earlier this month, that it’s a “safe assumption” that he’ll play at Missouri this season.

Missouri enters its first season under head coach Cuonzo Martin this season, led by consensus No.1 player Michael Porter Jr., who is projected by DraftExpress to be the No.1 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.


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