Missouri's shaky point guard situation took a new wayward turn Friday: Freshman Blake Harris is leaving the team. The school announced his decision and Harris later confirmed to the Post-Dispatch he plans to transfer.

“It was the best decision for me and my family to leave this program,” Harris said in a phone interview Friday. “I’m not going to say anything’s wrong with the program. I just think I can thrive and do better things at a different place.”

“We will support and assist him in any way possible,” Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin said in a prepared statement.

Harris said he had been thinking about leaving Mizzou "since probably Thanksgiving" but hadn't said anything about it or acted on those feelings until now.

Harris had started nine games for Mizzou (11-3, 1-0 SEC) before coming off the bench Wednesday at South Carolina. Martin explained after the game that Harris had missed four practices leading up to the game while recovering from the flu. While the rest of the team returned to Columbia after a short holiday break, Harris stayed in North Carolina for several more days, a source confirmed. With family members and friends visiting from North Carolina, Harris went scoreless in Columbia, S.C., with three assists in 11 minutes against the Gamecocks. It was the fewest minutes he'd played since MU's game at Central Florida on Nov. 30.