Texas guard Jacob Young (3) celebrates a three pointer he made during an NCAA college basketball game against Oklahoma State in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Texas G Jacob Young announces his intention to leave Longhorns

Posted March 22nd, 2018

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Texas guard Jacob Young, an ultra-confident athlete who spent the last two seasons mostly as a reserve, has asked to be released from his scholarship, he announced on Thursday via Twitter.

“Thanks to the coaches, teammates, and staff,” Young tweeted. “After my past two years of experiences at UT, I am transferring. I wish Coach (Shaka) Smart and his program all the best. Jacob Young.”

In a statement issued by UT, Smart said, “I appreciate all of the effort that Jacob has given to our University over the past two seasons. Jacob has been a valuable contributor to our program, and we wish him and his family the very best moving forward.”

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Young shot 22.7 percent from 3-point range as a freshman in 33 games. He brought that up to 32.3 percent this past season. Young had a career night against Texas Tech in the Big 12 tournament. He drilled 6-of-7 shots from beyond the arc and piled up a career-high 29 points against the Red Raiders.

“I’ve always been doubted by critics who say I’m not a Big 12 player,” Young said afterward. “To me, I’ve always seen it in my eyes, and my coaches and teammates know I’m a Big 12 player.”

Teammates said Young was capable of that kind of performance. He just hadn’t shown it in games. “Are you surprised?,” freshman Mo Bamba said. “I’m not because he does it every day in practice. I’m surprised it took this long.”

That one game was an outlier when judged against the past two years, though. Outside of the Tech game, Young finished in double figures in only five other games last season. He finished the season averaging 6.2 points per game.

Young’s playing time went up considerably in the final few games after guard Eric Davis Jr. was benched for allegedly taking $1,500 from an agent. Davis’ situation is still murky. UT officials are unsure whether Davis will play at UT again. His family has not responded to interview requests.

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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