ASU’s Lockett announces transfer to Marquette

Arizona State’s Trent Lockett, the team’s leading scorer last

season, says he will transfer to Marquette for his senior season to

be closer to his mother, who has been diagnosed with cancer.

Lockett, whose mother lives in Minnesota, already has earned a

bachelor’s degree in business communication from Arizona State.

In a statement released by Arizona State, Lockett thanked

everyone involved in his career at the school and said the transfer

was the hardest decision he’s had to make. He said that while his

decision is based on his mother’s health, he also wanted to make a

good basketball decision and Marquette is a great place to end his

career.

”I have been a Sun Devil since 16,” Lockett said on his

Twitter account, referring to the age at which he committed to

Arizona State. ”I love and appreciate the people and experience at

ASU. Saying that, I am excited to finish my last yr at MU.”

The 6-foot-5 guard was the best player the Sun Devils had the

past two seasons, two of the worst in coach Herb Sendek’s time at

the school.

”We continue to support Trent and his family through this

difficult time,” Sendek said. ”We are proud of all that he has

accomplished at Arizona State, including being able to celebrate

his graduation this weekend with family and friends, and know he

will always be a Sun Devil at heart. We are glad he has found a

good place to complete his college career close to home so he can

provide support to his mom Judy and know the Sun Devil nation will

continue to follow his career.”

In his first season at Arizona State, Lockett was named to the

Pac-10 all-freshman team, starting 15 games for the team.

As a sophomore, Lockett earned all-Pac-10 and first team

all-academic conference honors two seasons ago as a sophomore,

averaging a career-best 13.4 points per game, but the team won just

12 games. Last season, he missed time due to injury but averaged

team-leading totals of 13 points and 5.5 rebounds per game for a

team went 10-22, 6-12 in the conference.

His departure is a serious setback for Sendek’s program. Lockett

was counted on as a veteran presence as the Sun Devils look to six

newcomers, led by point guard Jahii Carson, to right the

program.

”We continue to support Trent and his family through this

difficult time,” Sendek said. ”We are proud of all that he has

accomplished at Arizona State, including being able to celebrate

his graduation this weekend with family and friends, and know he

will always be a Sun Devil at heart. We are glad he has found a

good place to complete his college career close to home so he can

provide support to his mom Judy and know the Sun Devil nation will

continue to follow his career.”

Lockett had asked in March to be released from his scholarship.

He is the third player to leave the program, joining guard Chan

Creekmur and forward Kyle Cain. Guard Keala King was dismissed

during the season for violating team rules.