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Liddell Third Longhorns Player to Move to Transfer Portal

NCAA Basketball: Oklahoma State at Texas Tech

Texas Longhorns forward Gerald Liddell became the third Longhorns backup to submit his name to the NCAA basketball transfer portal, 247Sports.com reported on Friday.

Liddell actually left the program in January, but he only submitted his name to the portal once the season concluded.

He follows forward Royce Hamm Jr. and guard Donovan Williams, who submitted their names to the transfer portal earlier this week. Plus, sophomore Kai Jones submitted his name to the NBA Draft and said he was hiring an agent and not returning to Austin.

Liddell’s decision was lost in the news that Texas head coach Shaka Smart was reportedly going to take the head-coaching job at Marquette, which is near his hometown of Madison, Wisconsin. Should the move become official, the Longhorns will be looking for a new head coach.

 

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Texas lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to Abilene Christian. It was the third straight NCAA Tournament loss in six seasons under Smart.

Liddell, a former Top 50 recruit, was part of the Texas class of 2018. Liddell played in seven games last season, scoring just 2.1 points per game before stepping away from the program.

In 2019-20, Liddell played 18 minutes per game and average 4.4 points and 3.3 rebounds. As a freshman in 2018-19, he was part of the Longhorns’ run to an NIT title. He only played in 13 games.

Hamm, classified as a senior, finished this season averaging 1.9 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. As a junior last season, Hamm put up the best numbers of his career in Austin, averaging 2.7 points and 2.7 rebounds and playing 12 minutes per game.

Williams, a sophomore, came to Texas as the No. 61 recruit in the country, per Rivals.com. But, with Andrew Jones, Courtney Ramey, and Matt Coleman III already in the starting lineup at guard, Williams found it hard to crack the rotation.

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