PowerMizzou – Tiger Season Review: Tre Gomillion

During the next few weeks PowerMizzou.com will provide a recap of the season for each of the Tigers’ rotation players.

Tre Gomillion was one of four players head coach Dennis Gates brought with him from Cleveland State to Missouri. Gomillion began his collegiate career at Gordan State College before becoming the first player Gates signed as a head coach with the Vikings in 2019. Just two seasons later, he was named Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year and helped Cleveland State win their second-reconference regular-season championships.

The 6-foot-4, 210-pound guard became a jack of all trades for the Tigers upon arrival, taking on any role asked of him as the game progressed. Sometimes that meant guarding players much taller than him and relying on his strength to keep them from hitting the post. Other times it acted as a go-between on offense when the team needed an additional playmaker.

Gomillion has shown a penchant for getting to the edge, with 58.7% of his field goal attempts this season coming from the cup, which ranks in the 98th percentile in the country among guards, according to CBB Analytics. He joined 38 of his 72 shots in color.

The graduate senior was also solid in other areas. Despite being a low-volume underdog, he finished the season with 35.3% of his 3-point shots, most of them from corners. His ability to get on the lane and involve defenders also helped him find open teammates – according to KenPom, Gomillion recorded assists on 15.6% of his possession. He was also one of the better rebounders at his position. According to KenPom, Gomillion secured 6.7% of available offensive rebounds and 12.4% of available defensive rebounds. He snapped a season-high 11 boards in Mizzou’s overtime win against Mississippi State on Feb. 21.

Gomillion’s value to the team wasn’t just measured by his performance. He was viewed as a leader by the Tigers and was elected team captain. He brought a win-at-all-costs mentality to the pitch that often infected his teammates. Gomillion came off the bench for the first 10 games of the season but worked their way into the starting XI for the next nine games.

A groin injury limited Gomillion to 24 games a year and kept him out of the team’s postseason games at the SEC and NCAA tournaments. But even while he was sidelined, Gomillion remained engaged, routinely proposing to Gates during games. He hasn’t announced his plans now that his college career is over, but Gates said he plans to bring “Coach Cameron” — affectionately referring to Tre by his legal name — to his staff when Gomillion thinks the time is right.

“He will continue to influence the game of basketball in different ways,” Gates said. “But I couldn’t imagine being on this journey without him and being here without him.”

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