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Austin Seferian-Jenkins done with Washington basketball, will focus on football

Washington Huskies tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins announced Thursday that he wouldn't play on the basketball team in order to focus on football.

William Mancebo

Austin Seferian-Jenkins has decided to end his career as a Washington Huskies basketball player in order to rest up for football, according to the team's website:

"I just need to focus on school and get (rested). I don't feel like I'd be to help the basketball team much right now."

A sophomore, Seferian-Jenkins averaged 1.1 points and 2.1 rebounds in seven minutes per game during his freshman hoops campaign, and the 6'6, 260 pounder will be missed for Romar's basketball team. Despite his meager numbers, Seferian-Jenkins added a toughess to the Huskies on the hardwood.

Sophomore Shawn Kemp Jr. will likely benefit from Seferian-Jenkins' decision.

And that decision, one which he discussed with football coach Steve Sarkisian and basketball coach Lorenzo Romar, could very well help him focus on the gridiron.

The tight end broke the school record in receiving yards for a tight end in the team's Las Vegas Bowl game against Boise State. He finished with 850 yards and seven touchdowns, and Seferian-Jenkins' 1,388 total yards are also a UW record.