June 17, 2014
Columbia, Mo. - Head Coach Kim Anderson and the Mizzou Basketball program added veteran point guard depth on Tuesday as former Hawaii Warrior and 2014 Big West Conference assist leader, Keith Shamburger, signed a financial aid agreement to attend the University of Missouri next season and play basketball for the Tigers.
Shamburger (Los Angeles, Calif.), is working towards the completion of his undergraduate degree from Hawaii this summer, which would aid him in receiving immediately eligibility for the Tigers next season. He would enroll in graduate school this fall.
"Keith is going to be a great addition to our program," Anderson said. "He gives us some poise and experience in the backcourt and has been one of the top assist guys on his team each of his three years at the college level. He led the Big West in assists last year and will help give us depth, along with Wes Clark, at that position. Obviously we needed some depth at the point and now with Wes and Keith, we feel like we have two talented guys at that all-important spot and they could even be on the floor at the same time."
A 5-foot-11, 170-pound lead guard from Junipero Serra High School, Shamburger began his career at San Jose State and was the starting point guard for the Spartans in 2010-11 and 2011-12. He started all-63 games of his career at SJSU and finished his time among the program's Top 10 in career assists (235) and career three-point field goals made (108) in just two years.
"I'm excited to be joining Mizzou, and after playing that game in Kansas City last year, seeing the fans, seeing the support and seeing how much the players felt a part of that school, it really opened my eyes," Shamburger said. "I know Jabari Brown and we talked once I made my decision to leave Hawaii.
"I really want to say how much I appreciate Hawaii," Shamburger continued. "The people and my teammates were fantastic, but the chance to play for Missouri and have that experience again (like the one in Kansas City) was too good to pass up."
As a freshman, Shamburger averaged 12.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists as the Spartans qualified for the College Basketball Invitational, falling 85-74 at Creighton.
As a sophomore, he averaged 13.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 5.2 assists, ranking second in the Western Athletic Conference in assists and among the Top 15 in scoring, free throw percentage (.772), steals (1.4) and three-point makes per game (1.7).
Shamburger transferred to Hawaii and played one season (2013-14) after sitting out the 2012-13 campaign. He started 30-of-31 games for Hawaii last year, including a 92-80 loss to Mizzou at Sprint Center in Kansas City. He had 12 points, three rebounds and two assists in that early-season contest.
"I'm coming here to do whatever Coach Anderson needs from me," Shamburger continued. "I feel like I have some experience, some maturity and I want to be a guy that can help these young guys out in the backcourt. I want to do whatever I can to help us win."
Shamburger finished his junior season with a career high 166 assists, including 10 assists in a win over Oregon State, 11 dimes against UC Irvine and 10 more vs. UC Riverside. His 5.4 assists led the Big West Conference and he ranked No. 2 in the league in assist/turnover ratio (2.7) and free throw percentage (.832). In back-to-back wins over St. Mary's and Oregon State Shamburger recorded 16 assists and just one turnover.
Shamburger signed his financial aid agreement with Missouri after offers from Auburn, Maryland and Tennessee.
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