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Texas loses freshman basketball player Latasha Lattimore to the transfer portal

Danny Davis
Austin American-Statesman
Texas freshman forward Latasha Lattimore competes during an exhibition against Oklahoma Baptist inside of Gregory Gym on Nov. 4, 2021. Lattimore averaged 3.2 points and 2.8 rebounds per game as a freshman.

After one season at Texas, freshman forward Latasha Lattimore will enter the transfer portal. 

Originally a Syracuse signee and four-star recruit, Lattimore was a late addition to UT's 2021 recruiting class. During her freshman year, the 6-4 Toronto product appeared in 32 games for a Texas team that reached the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament. She averaged 3.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 10.3 minutes.

Lattimore had a 12-point, 10-rebound performance against Idaho back in December. She played 30 minutes at Texas Tech on Feb. 9.

Lattimore revealed the plans for her future on Instagram. Her decision comes during the same week that UT seniors Lauren Ebo and Audrey Warren were welcomed into the transfer portal.

Ebo and Warren had participated in last month's Senior Day activities, so their departures weren't necessarily a surprise. The loss of Lattimore, however, was seemingly unexpected.

Even though her minutes were limited, Texas coach Vic Schaefer spoke positively about Lattimore throughout the season. Lattimore had injured her knee in high school and did not receive the proper treatment before she arrived at Texas. Schaefer seemed pleased with the progress of Lattimore, who acknowledged the work of UT sports performance coach Zack Zillner on social media last week.

"That's a kid that's coming," Schaefer told reporters in February.

"It took a while to get her going and she's had some really big games for us," Schaefer reiterated last month. "I think we all feel great about her potential and where she's at."

Ebo and Lattimore were two of the three tallest players on the Texas roster. Texas still has some depth in the paint in returning starter DeYona Gaston and budding star Aaliyah Moore. Femme Masudi is a 6-5 center who appeared in 15 games this season, and UT signed the 6-4 Amina Muhammad this past November.

Texas must also hire a new mentor for its post players. Former UT assistant April Phillips was hired last week to be the head coach at San Jose State.