Martin Adds To Mizzou First Class
Editor: This is part of a press release from mutigers.com.
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Mizzou Men’s Basketball has signed one of the country’s top shooters in graduate transfer guard Kassius Robertson (Toronto, Ontario) of Canisius College, head coach Cuonzo Martin announced Thursday. The 6-3, 180-pound guard sank 41.0 percent of his three-point field goal attempts as a junior for the Golden Griffins in 2016-17, averaging 16.1 points per game.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Kassius Robertson into our Mizzou Basketball Family,” Martin said. “Kassius is an experienced leader and someone who knows what it takes to be successful at this level. His skillset goes beyond shooting the basketball, as his overall ability to impact the game will be a huge benefit to our program. Best of all, Kassius has an undergraduate degree in hand, and we look forward to him being an outstanding role model and teammate.”
Experienced from his days at Canisius, Robertson started 66-of-67 games for the Golden Griffins over the past two seasons. For his college career, he has averaged 12.4 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game from 2014-17.
“I really appreciated the vibe I got from the Mizzou coaching staff,” Robertson said. “Coach Martin’s level of realness was unmatched, really. He and I have already had so many conversations. Coach told me he wasn’t going to be a salesman and bombard me, which is what happens a lot. This was about an opportunity and what he saw in me.”
Robertson’s 16.1 points per game as a junior were a team-best as he led Canisius to an 18-16 overall record. He vaulted forward as a scorer during his sophomore season in 2015-16, with his 14.4 points per game coming in as a 68 percent improvement from his freshman campaign.
As a freshman in 2014-15, Robertson earned All-MAAC Rookie Team honors after averaging 6.8 points and 2.2 rebounds per game over 33 games. He shot an impressive 47.4 percent (74-of-156) from the field in his initial collegiate campaign, joining the roster after a redshirt season in 2013-14.
Robertson’s signing of a financial aid agreement with the University of Missouri includes him in a growing recruiting class with current signees Blake Harris (Chapel Hill, N.C.), Michael Porter, Jr. (Columbia, Mo.), and C.J. Roberts (North Richland Hills, Texas).