Texas forward Tre Mitchell is taking a leave of absence from Texas Longhorns basketball, starting with Texas’ game with Oklahoma on Tuesday.
Brian Davis of the Austin American-Statesman reported the news about an hour before tip-off. There is no timetable for Mitchell’s return.
Mitchell, a 6-foot-9 forward, transferred to Texas from UMass in the offseason and has averaged 8.7 points and four rebounds per game. He recently passed 1,000 points for his career.
Texas head coach Chris Beard did not divulge why Mitchell was taking the leave of absence but did say that the forward was with his family. Beard also provided a long list of things that were not the reason Mitchell needed the time, including any violation of team rules, COVID-19 protocols, university rules or the law.
Beard would only say it was a “personal matter.”
Mitchell had been coming off the bench for the Longhorns the past few games, so not having Mitchell robs the Longhorns of some depth in the frontcourt, where Timmy Allen, Christian Bishop and Brock Cunningham have been starting in a three-forward lineup. This would open up more time for Dylan Disu off the bench.
Texas is entering the final stretch of its Big 12 season. After Tuesday’s game with Oklahoma, the Longhorns host the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Saturday, followed by games against TCU, West Virginia, Baylor and Kansas. The game with Baylor, on Feb. 28, will be Texas’ last at the Frank Erwin Center.
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