Texas' Julien Lewis to transfer

Updated: May 14, 2013, 7:13 PM ET
By Carter Strickland | HornsNation

AUSTIN, Texas -- In a little more than two months, the Texas basketball program, which this past season failed to make the NCAA tournament for the first time in 15 years, has lost its top three scorers, all of whom were underclassmen.

Julien Lewis is the latest to depart, team officials confirmed Tuesday.

Lewis, who averaged 11.2 points a game, joins Sheldon McClellan and Myck Kabongo as would-be juniors who have elected to leave the program. Kabongo, last season's leading scorer, declared for the NBA draft in April. McClellan, the second-leading scorer, announced his decision in late March to transfer.

Lewis, a 6-foot-3 guard, was the team's third-leading scorer last season.

In addition, reserve post player Jaylen Bond, another member of the 2011 recruiting class, announced just prior to the season's final game at Houston that he was transferring.

Jonathan Holmes is now the only member of the six-player 2011 signing class still in the program. Sterling Gibbs, a guard, transferred following his freshman season.

Texas so far has signed four players for the 2013-14 season. Only one, Kendal Yancy-Harris, is in the ESPN 100. The 6-4 point guard out of Berkner High in Richardson, Texas, is the nation's 85th-ranked prospect.

Texas, which finished 16-18 last season, is projected to have six sophomores and four freshmen on the roster. Holmes will be the only junior, and there will be no scholarship seniors for the second straight season.

Carter Strickland | email

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