“Excited for the subsequent steps,” Houston’s Mark sees Portal, Draft

Houston guard Tramon Mark announced Saturday that he plans to enter the transfer portal while also declaring himself in favor of the NBA draft.

Mark started averaging 10.1 points in all 37 games for the 33-4 Cougars this season.

“I’m looking forward to the next steps of my journey,” said Mark. “I will keep working to be the best person I can, both on and off the floor.”

Houston coach Kelvin Sampson released a statement Saturday afternoon confirming Mark’s departure.

“Houston Basketball thanks Tramon for all of his contributions to our program over the past three seasons,” said Sampson. “We wish him and his family all the best for the future.”

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A 6-foot-5 guard, Mark has been a key player for Houston in each of the past three seasons. As a freshman, he averaged 7.8 points in a reserve role before averaging 10.1 points in seven games as a sophomore. Mark then underwent shoulder surgery in December 2021 and missed the rest of the season.

He returned as a mainstay for Houston that season, helping lead the Cougars to a 1-seed in the NCAA tournament. Mark played some of his best basketball games in the NCAA tournament, finishing with 26 points and nine rebounds in a second-round win over Auburn and then catching 14 points and five rebounds in a Sweet-16 loss to Miami.

Mark is the third Houston starter to leave since the end of the season, with AAC Player of the Year Marcus Sasser and prospective top-10 pick Jarace Walker entering the NBA draft.

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