Mizzou Tigers host a hoops reunion as Cleveland State transfer joins Gates in Columbia

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It’s reunion time in Columbia.

Mizzou men’s basketball program announced that 6-foot-4 guard Tre Gomillion, the 2021 Horizon League defensive player of the year, will play his final year of college eligibility for his old coach from Cleveland State, newly hired Tigers head coach Dennis Gates.

Gomillion, selected this past season as an All-Horizon third-teamer and and all-defensive honorable mention, will head to CoMo as a grad-transfer.

“We welcome Tre with open arms to the Mizzou family,” Gates said in a news release issued by MU. “He has embodied our core values of Friendship, Love, Accountability, Trust, Discipline, Unselfishness, Enthusiasm, and Toughness.”

Gomillion averaged 10.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game during the 2021-22 season, shooting 53.2% — second-best in the Horizon League.

Gates further lauded Gomillion in the school-issued statement.

“As a team captain at Cleveland State, he was a model student-athlete and a leader for his teammates,” Gates said. “He was a former defensive player of the year in the Horizon League and has improved his offensive game every season. Tre’s best basketball is ahead of him and we are excited for him to be a Tiger!”

In his own statement, Gomillion said “Mizzou stood out in every aspect.”

“The University has great tradition in both sports and education,” Gomillion said. “The President and Director of Athletics were both very (welcoming) people and I truly couldn’t see myself going anywhere else.

“Coach Gates has an unbelievable bond with his players outside the basketball court, which gives us the confidence as players to play to our potential.”

Gomillion began his college-hoops career at Gordon State College, where he was honored as the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association’s D1 Region freshman of the year after shooting 58% percent from the floor.

An Augusta, Georgia native, Gomillion has an older brother, Corey, who played at Mercer.

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