April 17, 2013
HOUSTON, Texas -Rice University head men's basketball coach Ben Braun has announced that sophomore Julian DeBose has requested and received his release from his scholarship with the Owls.
"I have asked for my release to pursue options of transferring so I can be closer to my family," DeBose stated. "I am grateful and appreciative of the support from the Rice community, my teammates and coaches during my two years at Rice. Rice is a special place and Coach Braun and I are leaving the option open for returning if things do not work out for me in this process."
DeBose started all 31 games for Rice in 2012-13 and averaged 10.4 points per game.
"I've given Julian my support as he pursues his options to transfer," Braun said. "I know how meaningful it is for him to have an opportunity to be closer to his family. He has had a great relationship with his fellow students, teammates, and our staff and we all want to be there for him. He has made great strides in our program. We certainly want to respect his request at this time."