Seferian-Jenkins Will Not Return to Basketball Team

James Snook-US PRESSWIRE

Austin Seferian-Jenkins announced that he has decided not to play basketball this season to focus on his final two years playing football at Washington.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins will not be playing basketball for the Washington Huskies this season. The stand-out tight end announced on Thursday afternoon he will stop playing basketball to focus more of his energy on the gridiron.

I just need to focus on school and get (rested). I don't feel like I'd be able to help the basketball team much right now," Seferian-Jenkins said. (Via: GoHuskies.com)

As a walk on forward last season, Seferian-Jenkins averaged 17.2 minutes per game, putting up 1.1 points and grabbing 2.1 rebounds per game.

Seeing Seferian-Jenkins on the court last season was a rare sight. The last Husky player to play both football and basketball was Nate Robinson. Even Robinson could not sustain playing both sports at the same time, eventually deciding to quit football to focus on basketball after his freshman season.

According to Gregg Bell, before the season began, Romar hoped Seferian-Jenkins would return to provide depth at the forward position for the team.

Seferian-Jenkins' decision to focus on football is good for all parties involved. While some fans might argue ASJ provided crucial depth to the lineup, he was essentially taking minutes away from guys like Shawn Kemp Jr., Jernard Jarreau, and Martin Breunig. Additionally, Romar gained two transfer forwards during the off-season, Perris Blackwell and Giles Dierichx. Take into account Desmond Simmons, and that gives next season's roster six forwards; more than enough depth at that position.

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