Isiaih Mosley commits to Mizzou basketball

A highly-touted transfer and Columbia native is returning home to play for the Tigers.

According to Joe Tipton of On3 Sports, Missouri state guard Isiaih Mosley has committed to transfer to Mizzou for the 2022-23 season.

Mosley averaged 20.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game at Missouri State last season, and was a first-team All-MVC selection in back-to-back years. He played high school basketball at Rock Bridge in Columbia, and helped the Bruins to a state championship his senior year.

Mosley also reportedly received interest from Kansas, Texas Tech, Kansas State and Mississippi State. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.

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Andy Humphrey: “Before the Mosley commitment, the roster for Dennis Gates’ first year at Mizzou had some promising potential, but ultimately was missing one to two more key pieces to turn into a true NCAA tournament hopeful. Now, the Tigers have one of those main missing pieces.

Mizzou has seen the offense shut down time and again over the last few seasons. Whether it’s a six-, seven-minute scoring drought, it killed whatever chance the Tigers had to hang with their opponents. Some of that could be blamed on the system, but I think it was mainly personnel. Mizzou has severely lacked players that have the ability to create their own shot. Mosley immediately brings that to the table. He can beat defenders off the dribble, or make space for jump shots near or behind the arc. Plus, a player that can shoot at least 50% on field goals, 40% on 3-pointers and 90% on free throws can translate that game to any level.

Dennis Gates has given Mizzou fans and college basketball fans in general that something could be brewing in Columbia in just his first year as the head coach. He’s already shown that he can drawn top-notch talent away from schools like Kansas, Kentucky and other Power Five schools. And now he’s added arguably the best true scorer in this year’s transfer portal, to go along with five other transfers, the top two JUCO players in the country, and a four-star recruit. Oh, and Kobe Brown is back, too. I’m not saying the expectation should now be that Mizzou should make an immediate return to the NCAA tournament in ’22-23. But a roster with this type of raw production – with Mosley added in – should be squarely in the mix.”

Brenden Schaeffer: “Isiaih Mosley is the transfer domino that elevates the recruiting efforts of Dennis Gates and his newly-assembled coaching staff into completely new territory. On a roster filled with intriguing pieces representing yet untapped upside, Mosley is a rare known quantity.

His shooting and scoring prowess at Missouri State was on display in a respectable Missouri Valley Conference for multiple seasons as Mosley demonstrated those elite attributes by reaching rarified scoring ratios from all areas of the floor. That he was looking for a place to show NBA teams his skill set against more substantial competition on a regular basis lines up perfectly with Mizzou’s need for a go-to playmaker to kickstart the rebuilding process in year one under Gates.

Though heaping immediate expectations on a roster that has been cobbled together so swiftly could be a dangerous game – ask Cuonzo Martin’s team from last season about that – it’s inevitable that locking in a player of Mosley’s caliber changes the timeline for Missouri basketball’s trajectory toward prominence. Rather than wonder cautiously how heavily on-court results should be weighted this winter, Tigers fans should feel comfortable embracing the notion that the building blocks are in place for this team to enjoy some legitimate growth during the upcoming season.”