- Myron Medcalf, ESPN Staff Writer
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Former Arizona State standout Trent Lockett will transfer to Marquette, the junior confirmed to ESPN.com Saturday night. Earlier in the day, the veteran wing released a statement thanking the Sun Devils coaching staff and explaining his decision.
He's leaving Arizona State to be closer to his mother, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. Lockett, who averaged 13.0 points and 5.8 rebounds per game last season, considered Iowa State, Marquette and Gonzaga.
"I kind of narrowed it down to Iowa State and Marquette obviously because of the proximity and the distance between the university and my mom and our home. It was a very hard decision," Lockett told ESPN.com. "It really came down to coach Buzz (Williams) is a tremendous coach and I think his coaching style can maybe bring something out of me that I haven't been able to tap into yet."
Lockett said he intends to compete next season for the Golden Eagles. Most transfers are required to sit out for a season. But Lockett graduated in three years (he will complete his final credits in summer school), so Marquette can apply for an NCAA waiver that will allow him to play immediately if he enrolls in a graduate program that's not offered at Arizona State.
Lockett said he's confident the NCAA will grant the waiver request.
His move to Marquette -- in Milwaukee, Wis. -- puts him five hours away from his mother, who lives in Golden Valley, Minn. Lockett, who lost his father at an early age, said he wanted to make sure that he could spend time with his mother and finish his career strong. He said Marquette allows him to fulfill both desires.
"I'm sure I'll have a lot of great experiences as a Marquette Eagle," Lockett said.
Arizona State's Trent Lockett, the team's leading scorer last season, says he will transfer to Marquette for his senior season to be closer to his mother, who has been diagnosed with cancer.