May 8, 2008

With Lyons back, roster takes shape

Thursday afternoon brought a move that was expected, but most certainly welcomed, at Mizzou Arena. Junior forward Leo Lyons announced he will withdraw from the NBA draft and return for his final season at Mizzou.

Lyons is back and it would certainly be expected DeMarre Carroll will follow some time in the near future. That means without a doubt that the roster for next season can now pretty much take shape.

Assuming Carroll returns, the Tigers will have 13 players on scholarship next season, the maximum number allowed by the NCAA. It may seem like no big deal. However, this will be the first time in four seasons that the Tigers have been dealing with a full deck. In November of 2004, the NCAA put the Tigers on probation, stripping the program of three scholarships over the next two seasons. In each of Mike Anderson's first two years, the Tigers featured a transfer who was sitting out and ineligible to play. With the addition of Zaire Taylor and a six-man recruiting class, Missouri has 13 scholarship bodies available for the first time since that 2004-05 season.

Just how the rotation will work out is certainly something that remains to be seen, but with the list of players pretty much solidified (again, it just seems incredibly unlikely Carroll will leave), breaks down the roster:

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