The Missouri basketball team officially announced that Cameron Biedscheid has joined the team and will be eligible to play for the Tigers after the 2014 fall semester. The 2011-12 Post-Dispatch All-Metro player of the year, Biedscheid will be classified as a redshirt sophomore.

The Notre Dame transfer began practicing with the team earlier this month and was on the bench for Saturday’s win over Alabama. He will not join the team on road trips.

“Every practice has to be a game for him,” Mizzou coach Frank Haith said after Monday’s practice in Columbia. “We have to get him to where he’s comfortable going against our guys. He’s working towards that. He’s not quite there yet. He’s got to have a lot of time with (strength coach) Todor Pandov. We need him to get into the weight room, get stronger. He’s got a year to really, really work. I think you’ll see him grow as a player because of going against the likes of a Jordan Clarkson, Jabari Brown and Earnest Ross.”

Biedscheid (pronounced BEED-shide), widely considered the best player in Missouri when he signed with Notre Dame out of Cardinal Ritter, did not play in any games for the Fighting Irish this season after deciding to redshirt. He played in 34 games as a freshman last year, averaging 6.2 points and 1.4 rebounds. At Cardinal Ritter, he averaged 31.7 points, 9.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.2 steals his senior year and was rated the nation’s No. 28 player in his recruiting class by Rivals.com and the No. 8 small forward.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to return to my home state and continue my college career as a Missouri Tiger,” Biedscheid said in a statement released by Mizzou. “Playing closer to my family was very important to me, and having a chance to represent my state and play for Coach Haith was a perfect fit. I want to thank everyone at Missouri for this opportunity and I want to thank Coach (Mike) Brey and everyone at Notre Dame for being supportive of this decision. I wish the Notre Dame family and my former teammates nothing but the best as their season continues.”