Mizzou men's basketball confirmed forward Willie Jackson will leave the program immediately.
In a statement, the program Jackson wants to "continue his academic and athletic pursuits closer to home."
Jackson is a native of Cleveland, OH. He went to the same high school as Mizzou guard Frankie Hughes, who is still on the team but several media reports indicate his status with the program is uncertain.
The freshman forward appeared in 11 games for Mizzou. He averaged 5.9 points per game and 4.6 rebounds per game. Jackson's name was immediately taken off the Mizzou men's basketball roster.
Below is a statement from Mizzou men's basketball
“Willie Jackson has made the Mizzou Men’s Basketball program aware of his intentions to continue his academic and athletic pursuits closer to home. We understand Willie has a desire to be closer to his family due to a family medical situation, so his decision has our support. We appreciate what Willie has contributed during his time with the program and wish him the best in the future.”
Below is a statement from Willie Jackson
“I really appreciate the opportunity that Mizzou gave me, and I enjoyed my time in Columbia, but my family needs me closer to home, at this point. We have an illness in the family, and I’m hoping to spend more time around my family to be a positive influence. I am thankful for everything that Mizzou’s coaching staff has done for me, and I will always be cheering for my teammates in the future.”
Mizzou hosts Lipscomb tonight at 7.