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Texas G Jacob Young elects to transfer

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The Houston product stepped up down the stretch, but is now departing.

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Texas Longhorns guard Jacob Young, who was a sophomore last season, has elected to transfer from the university, the school announced on Thursday.

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

Young started five of the 30 games in which he appeared during the 2017-18 season, averaging 6.2 points per game in 16.8 minutes per contest. The 6’2, 185-pounder hit 32.3-percent of his shots from three-point range and 41.3 percent overall.

After a quick start that included double-digit performances in each of the first two games, Young struggled with his consistency, ultimately sitting out four games during Big 12 play. Once Eric Davis Jr. was withheld from competition for allegedly accepting improper benefits, however, Young took advantage of more playing time.

The best performance of his career came against Texas Tech in the Big 12 tournament — he scored 29 points on 11-of-17 shooting, including six of seven three-pointers. In the two games sandwiched around that loss, though, Young only hit 7-of-21 shots and 2-of-13 three-pointers.

And that was ultimately his Texas career in a nutshell. Now he’s moving on.

“I want to thank the coaches, staff and my teammates at Texas for the past two years,” Young said. “I wish Coach Smart and his program all the best.”