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Basketball: Trent Lockett leaves Arizona State for Marquette to be closer to ailing mother

By Jeff Faraudo
Monday, May 7th, 2012 at 11:37 am in Basketball, Pac-12 news.

Senior guard Trent Lockett, who averaged 13.0 points and 5.8 rebounds last season, is leaving Arizona State to be closer to his mother, Judy, who was diagnosed with cancer.

Lockett will resume his basketball career at Marquette and is confident he will be granted an NCAA waiver, allowing him to be immediately eligible. In Milwaukee, Lockett will be just a six-hour drive from his mother in the Twin Cities area.

Judy Lockett raised Trent and his sister as a single mother in Minnesota after their father died of a heart attack following his own battle with cancer. Judy Lockett overcame breast cancer several years ago, but now is facing a fight against a form of lymphoma, Trent told ESPN.com.

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  • http://sportskaster.blogspot.com sportskaster

    Isn’t there a lot of movement lately of players transfering from one school to another, because of family illness, using that NCAA waiver, which seems very lenient? And the transfering player is immediately eligible? Is something fishy going on? Just asking.

  • Jeff Faraudo

    There are two ways athletes are now able to transfer from one DI program to another without sitting out a year. The first is if they already have earned their four-year degree and still have one year of eligibility remaining. We have seen a number of those in recent years.
    The other is through the rule that Trent Lockett is utilizing, giving him the chance to move closer to family when personal issues are involved. Lockett’s mother has a recurrence of cancer. There should be no doubt that his transfer is for a legitimate reason. Likewise, former Cal guard Alex Rossi moved back closer to home in Chicago because of pressing family matters. In all cases, the NCAA considers the circumstances and rules on whether to grant the waiver.

  • SteveNTEXAS

    Cal might consider Indiana Sharpshooter Matt Roth an outstanding 3 point shooter who now is looking at using his extra year of eligibility.

    He already has two degrees from Indiana, and wants another good school

    Aside from the degrees his greatest accomplishment may be the 9 3 pointers he shot at Ohio State as a freshman. He avg 42% from the 3 during his career at IU. He signed a release of his scholy at IU but might play without one if there are no offers he likes.