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Guard Al Freeman says he will graduate from Baylor and transfer from the basketball team.

Staff photo — Rod Aydelotte

Baylor guard Al Freeman will play his final season of college basketball at another school as a graduate transfer.

Freeman, a fourth-year junior who will graduate from Baylor in May, will be immediately eligible to play as a graduate transfer.

“Al has been a tremendous student-athlete and made great contributions to our program over the last four years,” said Baylor coach Scott Drew. “We’re thrilled that he’s going to complete his degree at Baylor. He’ll always be part of the Baylor family and we’ll be rooting for him as he continues his career.”

Freeman averaged 9.7 points and 2.5 rebounds in 31 games for the Bears’ Sweet 16 team this season. He started 22 games before he was suspended for three games for violation of team rules.

Though he was replaced in the starting lineup by sophomore King McClure, Freeman came back late in the season and made strong contributions down the stretch, including a 21-point performance in Baylor’s 91-73 win over New Mexico State in the opening round of the NCAA tournament in Tulsa.

During the last three seasons, Freeman played in 99 games with 57 starts. He averaged 8.6 points and 2.6 rebounds while shooting 37.3 percent from 3-point range and 81.4 percent from the free throw line.

Freeman’s most productive season was in 2015-16 as he averaged 11. 3 points and 3.4 rebounds.

Motley named AP All-American

Baylor junior forward Johnathan Motley was named second-team All-America by the Associated Press.

Baylor has never had a first-team AP All-American but Motley is the third second-team All-American as he joins Vinnie Johnson in 1979 and Terry Teagle in 1982.

Motley led the Bears with 17.3 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. He hasn’t yet announced whether he’ll return for his senior year or declare for the NBA draft.

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