One of the most stable of college basketball programs will see a bit of instability this offseason. That’s because for the first time since George Marshall, the Wisconsin Badgers will have a player transferring out of the program.
Redshirt junior guard Jordan Hill will be granted his release from the program, per a release by the athletic department. He is set to earn his degree this spring and will pursue other opportunities.
“I am so grateful for the opportunity to spend four years studying and playing at Wisconsin,” Hill said in a press release. “In May, I will be graduating with an incredible degree from a world-class institution. Making the decision to leave the program was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do in life, but I had to make the best decision for myself.”
Hill went on to thank everyone associated with the program for his time in Madison and harbors no ill-will at all over his time in a Badgers uniform.
Greg Gard made it clear that UW will be in his corner with this decision as well.
“We want to thank Jordan for his dedication to our program and congratulate him on getting his degree,” Gard said. “He was a valuable member of some very successful teams at Wisconsin. We wish him well and will do whatever we can to help him both on and off the court moving forward.”
Hill leaves the program having averaged 1.9 points, 1.1 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game. Part of the reason for his transfer could be the decrease in playing time, after playing 467 minutes in just 30 games last season, Hill saw just 356 minutes in 35 games of action this year.
As for the 2017-18 Badgers, Hill’s departure makes what could’ve been a crowded backcourt a little less crowded. Incoming freshman like Kobe King and Brad Davison are expected to get in the rotation quickly, while sophomore Brevin Pritzl is also likely to see increased playing time based off of this past season.