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Former Longhorns SF Tevin Mack thanks Texas fans, coaches

After being granted his release earlier this week, the former breakout Longhorn says his thanks and goodbyes.

NCAA Basketball: Texas at Iowa State Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

After being granted his full release from The University of Texas on Monday, former Texas Longhorns sophomore small forward Tevin Mack took to Twitter Wednesday to thank the burnt orange nation and the Longhorns coaching staff:

During Mack’s sophomore season, he took a big leap offensively and defensively, drawing the assignment of the best perimeter player and leading the team in scoring at the time of his suspensions at 14.8 points per game.

His three-point shooting and unshakeable confidence were both major assets for a team struggling in both of those areas.

However, his suspension in January was the second this season — Mack missed the start of the season due to a violation of team rules — and his relationship with Smart clearly frayed.

Mack’s departure will put more pressure on 2017 signee Royce Hamm to fill his role on the wing, perhaps augmented by the shooting ability of another signee, Jase Febres, while also freeing up an additional scholarship for Smart and the staff to pursue a graduate transfer option, if need be.