1) Jordan Clarkson, Jr., G: Since transferring from Tulsa, Jordan Clarkson has been the Tigers best player thus far this season. The junior point guard leads the team in both points per game (19.4) and assists per game (3.9). He’s also hitting just over 50% of his shots this season and has a true shooting percentage of 60%. As head coach John Groce said during his press conference, Clarkson can score from all levels on the court and is able to get his teammates involved easily.
2) Jabari Brown, Jr.,G: Coach Groce made it clear that Missouri’ perimeter players will be Illinois’ main focus defensively come Saturday. The second player in Missouri perimeter play is junior guard Jabari Brown. Just like Clarkson, Brown transferred to Mizzou after playing his freshman season in Oregon. In his second season with the team, Brown is averaging more points per game (19.0) and is shooting the ball much better from the field, especially from beyond the arc. His true shooting percentage is 64.9% which is even better than Jordan Clarkson.
3) Earnest Ross, Sr., G: The final player in Missouri’s perimeter game is senior guard Earnest Ross. Ross was a transfer from Auburn to Missouri in 2011 and sat out the entire 2011-2012 season. In his second season with the team, he is second on the team in both points per game (14.2) and rebounds per game (5.6). He also is shooting the ball better than last season, but has seen his 3-point percentage drop slightly. Ross should prove to be a defensive catalyst for the Tigers as he leads the team in steals with 1.6 steals per game in 2013.
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