By TOMMY REZAC
St. Joseph Post
The Missouri Western men's basketball team has picked up a pair of transfers, including one from the Division I ranks.
Samford forward Luke Champion and Catawba (N.C.) forward Anthony Peacock both announced on Twitter Monday that they'll play for coach Will Martin and the Griffons in the 2021-22 season.
Champion, a 6-foot-8 forward, comes from the Division-I program Samford out of Birmingham, Alabama. A Georgia native, he was a top-25 recruit in his home state out of high school, playing six games at Samford as a freshman this past season. He scored a season-high eight points against Belhaven.
Champion will have four years of eligibility left.
Peacock, a 6-foot-8 forward from Braintree, Massachusetts, will have two years of eligibility remaining. After averaging 21 points and 14 rebounds in high school, he played at Division I Hartford College, averaging five points and five rebounds per game before transferring to Quincy CC, where he averaged 23.7 points and 14.6 rebounds per contest while shooting a remarkable 72 percent from the field.
Peacock battled injuries last year at Division-II Catawba in North Carolina, averaging five points and 2.5 rebounds in 11 games.
Missouri Western has a strong amount of talent returning to the court for next year, including Will Eames, Q Mays, Caleb Bennett and Reese Glover - all of whom have starting experience.
In all, the Griffons return six of their top eight scorers from this past season, but top scorer Tyrell Carroll announced earlier this month his intentions to enter the NCAA transfer portal.
Junior Tyree Martin, who averaged 2.9 points and 3.0 rebounds per game this past season, is also transferring from Missouri Western.
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