Lockett leaves the door open for staying

On Wednesday ASU basketball junior guard Trent Lockett issues a statement concerning his future with the Sun Devils. While his mother's medical condition remain serious, Lockett said that despite being granted a release from his scholarship he won't rule out finishing his college basketball career in Tempe.

"As most of you have heard the past few days have been a very difficult time for my family and I," Lockett said in a statement. "With the recent news of my mother's illness, I want to be honest with everyone and say that it is in my best interest to possibly pursue playing my final season closer to home. At this time, my energy and focus needs to start now on being as close to my mom as I can while at the same time pursuing career goals with one year of college basketball remaining.

"However, that does not mean I have closed the door on returning next season to ASU. It only means I have to prepare. I am appreciative of everyone who is supporting me at this time. At this time I think it is important for my family and I to invest everything we have in making sure the next step for us is the best one. I thank everyone for their understanding as we begin the process. The support of the Arizona State community is what is helping us right now."

Arizona State Head Coach Herb Sendek also issued a statement concerning Lockett's future.

"We are giving Trent and his family all of our support at this time," Sendek said. "At the present moment, the focus is making sure he and his family know that Arizona State is here to help him. Trent is a wonderful young man who has been an outstanding ambassador for our university and basketball program and has established himself as one of the best players that I have ever coached.

"Our top concern right now is for Trent and his family."

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