After just two seasons in Austin, and only one as an eligible member of Shaka Smart’s squad, Texas Longhorns guard Elijah Mitrou-Long is aiming to take his talents elsewhere.
On Thursday evening, Mitrou-Long, a former transfer from Mount St. Mary’s, took to Twitter to announce that his time at Texas has come to a close and that he’s entering the NCAA Transfer Portal.
“Appreciate The University of Texas,” Long wrong in his Twitter announcement. “For not only taking me in and supporting me on the court but also helping me become a better individual off the court.”
“This journey has been one that I wouldn’t change for anything & I’m ready for the next chapter in my book,” he added.
During his lone season as an active member of the Longhorns, Mitrou-Long averaged 5.6 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game, but more notably, averaged just 17.9 minutes of action per contest, which is hardly half of the 34.4 minutes Mitrou-Long averaged during his final season with Mount St. Mary’s in 2016-17.
Down the stretch, Mitrou-Long’s role regressed even further, as he saw the floor for just 37 total minutes throughout Texas’ NIT title run, and didn’t appear in the game at all during the Longhorns’ 81-66 NIT Championship win over Lipscomb. Rather, the bulk of the backcourt minutes, as was often the case throughout the season, were divided amongst a trio of ball-dominant guards in sophomore Matt Coleman, senior Kerwin Roach II, and freshman Courtney Ramey, as well as sophomore sharpshooter Jase Febres.
Aside from Roach, who has also played his last game as a Longhorn, that entire bunch is expected back in 2019-20, and presumably as Texas’ starting backcourt, which, at best, would have limited Mitrou-Long to a sixth-man role during his senior season.
Of course, rather than travel that route, Mitrou-Long has elected to navigate a new one with a new team.
He will be eligible immediately at his next destination.