Arkansas freshman guard Nick Babb of Arlington, Texas, has announced he will be transferring out of the program at the conclusion of the spring semester.
The Razorback program announced his decision via a press release on Thursday and the 6-5, 180-pound Babb confirmed that via his Instagram account.
Babb, who chose Arkansas over SMU and others, played in 26 of the Razorbacks’ 36 games this season while scoring 19 points, grabbing 20 rebounds and dishing out 14 assists.
He averaged less than five minutes per game while going 7-of-22 from the field, 3-of-9 from 3-point range and 2-of-2 from the free throw line.
“We wish Nick the best of luck and respect his decision to go somewhere to earn more playing time,” Razorback head coach Mike Anderson said. “Nick’s a good kid and has done everything right during this year with our program.”
Sources indicate Babb informed Anderson of his decision earlier this week.
Babb, who played 19 minutes in the SEC tournament but did not play in the Razorbacks’ two NCAA Tournament contests, confirmed his departure with this message.
“I'd like to take a moment to thank everybody for everything! From the coaches and my teammates to the fans! Y'all have made my experience in Fayetteville worth while but my time as a hog is over! Thank you all”
Babb scored a key five points in the first half and played 12 minutes overall in Arkansas’ win over Georgia in the SEC Tournament semifinals.
Babb said after the season-ending loss to North Carolina in the SEC Tournament that the year had been frustrating individually, but rewarding for his team.
“I feel like I can come on a lot,” Babb said. “It was tough not getting to play very much, but at the same time I was happy our team was doing so well.
“I felt like I did good when Coach (Anderson) did put his trust in me. I feel like I can get better over the summer and come in provide a spark off the bench if that is the role he sees for me.”
Babb’s decision leaves Arkansas with one scholarship available for the spring semester if they choose to use it during the April 15-May 16 late signing period.
The Razorbacks signed 6-4 guard Jimmy Whitt of Columbia, Mo., Hickman in November and have a commitment from 6-9, 240-pound power forward Ted Kapita of Huntington, W.W., Prep. - both who are top 55 players nationally per Scout.com.
Whitt averaged 30.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.6 steals and 2.9 assists per game this season.
Kapita, limited to five games this season because of injury, played Thursday in Huntington Prep’s 73-70 win over Wheeler, Ga., at the Dick’s Sporting Goods National High School Tournament in New York City.
Huntington (31-2) moved on to the semifinals of the eight-team event and will play Friday at 4 p.m. against the winner of Thursday night’s Oak Hill-New York Wings Academy game.
That game will be televised by ESPNU.
Babb Announces Plans To Transfer
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