Keon Lawrence firmly slammed the door on any possible return to Missouri basketball on Monday.
The former sophomore guard who led the Tigers in minutes played last season, confirmed to The Star he would transfer to Seton Hall in South Orange, N.J.
“Today,” Lawrence said, then refused to discuss the matter further, adding, “What do you want with me? I don’t want to talk to y’all.”
Lawrence, on July 1, announced he was leaving Missouri to be closer to his home in Newark, N.J. Missouri coach Mike Anderson confirmed later that day he had granted Lawrence his released from MU.
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That separation came when Lawrence informed Anderson he had been unhappy at MU, and that as in December he was looking around.
Sources have confirmed that Lawrence actually had second thoughts about leaving MU, but that the MU coaches - tired of talking Lawrence into staying - told him goodbye and good luck elsewhere.
It didn’t take Lawrence long to move out of Columbia and just slightly longer to decide on Seton Hall, where he will have to sit out one season and then have two to play as a Pirate.
Coincidentally, Missouri and Seton Hall could meet in the Puerto Rico Tipoff Nov. 18-24. Although the field has not been officially announced, MU has confirmed plans for that trip and Seton Hall is advertising alumni travel offers to the tourney.
Lawrence, of course, would not be eligible to play.-30-