For the second straight day, a Texas Longhorns basketball player has entered the NCAA Transfer Portal. junior center Tre Mitchell entered the portal Wednesday, a source told 247Sports, following sophomore guard Devin Askew who entered Tuesday. Mitchell has not been with the team for weeks, having missed Texas’ last nine games of the season after making 17 starts throughout the campaign. The transfer from UMass averaged 8.7 points per game, 4.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists while shooting 47.8% from the field during his lone season in Austin.
Texas coach Chris Beard said in late February that there was “no timetable” for Mitchell’s return to the team, and Mitchell ultimately never played in another game for Texas. The 6-foot-9, 220-pounder was a four-star recruit in the 2019 class according to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite and earned All-Atlantic 10 honors twice at UMass before transferring. It is unclear whether Mitchell will need a waiver to play immediately at his next school since he has used the NCAA’s one-time transfer exception already.
When Mitchell left the Longhorns in mid-February due to what Texas termed as “personal reasons,” Beard declined to address the matter in much detail.
“I’ve been in contact with Tre and his family consistently. He’s with his family from him now, ” Beard told Brian Davis of the Austin American-Statesman. “It’s a personal matter, and we support him completely.”
Beard built a talented roster with quite a few transfers, some of whom panned out and some of whom did not last season. Although the Longhorns did not quite live up to their lofty preseason expectations, they still earned a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament and comfortably defeated No. 11 Virginia Tech in the first round before falling to No. 3 Purdue in the second round.
Texas’ roster has started to crystallize more this week with Timmy Allen announcing his return Wednesday after the Longhorns added New Mexico State transfer guard Jabari Rice on Tuesday. Askew was a four-star recruit in the 2020 class who struggled at Kentucky as a freshman and never got much traction with Texas either.
In Askew’s statement, he thanked Beard and Texas’ staff on his way out of Austin.
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“I would like to start by thanking the University of Texas for giving me the opportunity to come and play the game I love,” Askew wrote. “To my teammates, I wouldn’t have gone to battle with anyone else on the court, and I can’t express how much I appreciate every one of you. I’d also like to thank Coach (Chris) Beard and the entire coaching staff for providing me with their support and guidance this past year. You all allowed me to grow as both a basketball player and as a man. After much thought and deliberation, I have decided to enter the transfer portal.”