Lockett asks for release, likely to transfer

Due to the news that his mother has been diagnosed with cancer, junior guard Trent Lockett has asked for a scholarship release and is expected to transfer out of the ASU basketball team.

Lockett, who is part of the school's Barrett Honors College, is scheduled to graduate in the summer doing so in three years. Under NCAA rules once he has obtained his degree he can transfer to another school and play immediately in the 2012-13 season.

The 6-4 Trent Lockett was not only the team's most experienced player and unquestionable leader last season, but he also paced Arizona State with 13 ppg, 5.8 rpg and 2.2 apg. Despite missing six games with an ankle injury late in the year he still managed to finish with season marks of 49.8 percent shooting from the field and 41.2 shooting from three-point range.

If he leaves the program as expected, Lockett will be the fourth player from the Sun Devils' squad to transfer following Keala King, Chanse Creekmur and Kyle Cain.

In the last four seasons ASU saw 12 of its players leave the program, which overall has hampered the team from an experience standpoint (ASU had no seniors this past season), as well as from a performance aspect as they complied just a 10-21 record this past year and a 22-40 mark the past two seasons.

With talented players such as Jahii Carson and Even Gordon eligible to play this coming season, the 2012-13 campaign with Lockett in mind, was supposed to feature one of the more talented and deeper teams under Head Coach Herb Sendek. Lockett's likely departure will certainly adversely affect ASU's efforts at a winning year and a possible return to post-season play.

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