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Knee injury forces Missouri senior guard Cullen VanLeer to retire

CBE Hall Of Fame Classic

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 23: Cullen VanLeer #33 of the Missouri Tigers controls the ball as Ron Freeman #23 of the Kansas State Wildcats defends during the CBE Hall Of Fame Classic at the Sprint Center on November 23, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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Tuesday afternoon it was announced that Missouri senior guard Cullen VanLeer has decided to retire, just over six months after he suffered a torn ACL in his right knee during a game against Arkansas. VanLeer appeared in 31 games last season, starting 13, and he averaged 2.4 points and 1.4 rebounds in 14.3 minutes per game.

“This was a difficult decision, but one that was best for me, my family and my future quality of life,” VanLeer said in a statement. “I’m beyond excited for the season ahead and I’m ready to help lead our team to success in any way I can while I work toward graduation and earning my degree.”

VanLeer’s retirement leaves the Tigers with one less experienced guard to call upon in 2018-19, with Jordan Geist being the lone senior in the perimeter rotation. Freshmen Javon Pickett, Xavier Pinson and Torrence Watson, sophomore K.J. Santos and redshirt junior Ronnie Suggs will all compete for playing time this season.

VanLeer has retired under a medical designation, which means that he’ll be able to keep his scholarship and it will not count against the 13 allowed to a program per NCAA rules.