As had become increasingly expected, UW ann0unced today that tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins will not play basketball this year.
Here is the school’s press release.
As it states:
“After consulting with his mother Linda and Huskies coaches Steve Sarkisian and Lorenzo Romar, ASJ is going to rest and stay on academics and football from now until the summer.
“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 over the phone days after he set a UW record for tight ends and extended others he already had broken in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas.
As the release further states: “Last season Seferian-Jenkins became the first Husky to play football and hoops since Nate Robinson in 2002 and ’03. He averaged 7.2 minutes banging in 17 games as a freshman last basketball season. The hoops Huskies were 11-7 before ASJ joined them – then went 13-4 and were far more physical inside with him as a most powerful forward.”
The release also states that Seferian-Jenkins plans to stay at UW for two more football seasons. But those things can obviously change and he will almost certainly have a legitimate option of leaving after the 2013 season and being a high NFL Draft pick. For now, what is known is that his full attention is on football.