On Tuesday afternoon, the University of Missouri men’s basketball program announced senior Cullen VanLeer’s retirement from the sport. The guard will receive an exemption that allows him to retain his scholarship. VanLeer will also remain involved with the program through the 2018-19 season.
The retirement stems from an ACL injury that VanLeer suffered in the team’s home finale against Arkansas in March.
“I’m very thankful for the support of Coach Martin and his staff, my teammates, my family and friends, and Mizzou Nation,” VanLeer said in a release. “This was a difficult decision, but one that was best for me, my family and my future quality of life. 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.”
“Cullen is a special young man and I admire his work ethic and his willingness to do everything in his power to better our program,” head coach Cuonzo Martin said. “I appreciate his contributions to the team and I know his leadership will be a significant asset for us during the upcoming season. I look forward to seeing him walk across the stage with a degree in hand in May.”
VanLeer finishes his career with 94 game appearances, including 33 starts. Through three seasons with the Tigers he averaged 4.0 points per game, 1.4 rebounds and 1.0 assists.
VanLeer’s retirement leaves forwards Kevin Puryear and Adam Wolf as the only players from Missouri’s2015 recruiting class still on the team, following K.J. Walton’s transfer to Ball State in 2017 and Terrence Phillips’ dismissal in 2018.