Feb 27, 2013; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns forward Jaylen Bond (5) dunks against the Oklahoma Sooners during the first half at the Frank Erwin Special Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

Jaylen Bond To Transfer From Texas

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Jaylen Bond has elected to transfer from the University of Texas. He will finish his spring semester at the university but will not play in the CBI. Here is the full release from Texas athletics:

AUSTIN, Texas – University of Texas sophomore forward Jaylen Bond has elected to transfer following the completion of the spring semester, he confirmed Monday. Bond will not participate in UT’s games in the upcoming College Basketball Invitational presented by Buick.

“While this was a difficult decision to make, I feel it is the right one for me at this time,” Bond said. “I want to thank everyone who played a part in allowing me the privilege to attend The University of Texas. This starts with the coaching staff, my fellow teammates and the educational staff who have helped me during the past two years. They have taught me a lot, and I am very grateful for the opportunity to have been part of this program.

“It wouldn’t be right for me to continue playing in the postseason and take minutes away from my teammates who are returning,” Bond continued. “Once again, I would like to thank everyone who has supported me while I was here.”

Bond saw action in 20 of UT’s 33 games (two starts) and averaged 2.8 points and 3.2 assists in 11.1 minutes per contest this season. In his two seasons in Austin, Bond played in 54 career games (seven starts) and averaged 3.1 points and 4.1 rebounds in 13.8 minutes per contest.

My take: 

Losing size is never a good thing but Jaylen wasn’t getting the minutes to justify to him staying at Texas. He has fallen behind Ioannis Papapetrou and Connor Lammert so it makes sense to move on. This might help open up a scholarship for Julius Randle and for Rick Barnes to bring in 2 more guards like Kendal Yancy-Harris and Demarcus Croacker for the 2013 recruiting class if Myck Kabongo elects to leave.

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