Uthoff still considering transfer within Big Ten
MADISON, Wis. — With just one week of school remaining, the relationship between Jarrod Uthoff and the University of Wisconsin is finally almost over.
Uthoff’s next college destination, however, is yet to be determined.
Uthoff, the 6-foot-8 freshman who took a redshirt season on the Badgers men’s basketball team, told FOXSportsWisconsin.com on Wednesday evening that he is still weighing his transfer options. Last month, he was granted a release from his scholarship, but he doesn’t expect to decide on a new school until after he finishes classes at Wisconsin on May 19.
He already has visited Creighton and Iowa State and said he expects to visit Marquette and Florida once classes end.
For Wisconsin fans, the most eyebrow-raising visit is clearly Marquette. The two in-state rivals are separated by less than 80 miles and play each other annually during the non-conference season.
What does Uthoff like about Marquette?
“Their style of play,” he said. “More up and down.”
Marquette does have a scholarship available. The Golden Eagles recently announced they had added former Arizona State guard Trent Lockett, who is transferring to be closer to his cancer-stricken mother in Minnesota.
But Marquette also lost high school recruit Aaron Durley, who was released from his scholarship, and sophomore Jamail Jones, who opted to leave the program.
Uthoff said whether a school has an available scholarship immediately is not a determining factor in his decision.
“It’s kind of a bonus,” Uthoff said.
Though Uthoff only has plans currently to visit four schools, he said he hadn’t ruled out other programs just yet, including Iowa and Indiana of the Big Ten.
Uthoff, an Iowa native, is restricted from contacting other Big Ten schools as part of his transfer, and he did not file an appeal to have those restrictions lifted. But he could hypothetically enroll at one of those schools without speaking to coaches and pay his own tuition for one season.
“I’d only have to pay my way for one year, so that definitely means the Big Ten schools are still in it,” Uthoff said. “I’m not ruling those teams out. I can’t visit Iowa or Indiana or places like that but they’re still in it.”
Uthoff initially was restricted from contacting 26 schools: the entire Big Ten and ACC, as well as Iowa State, Marquette and Florida. All restrictions outside the Big Ten have since been lifted.
“I was happy with that decision because they could have not taken those other schools off,” Uthoff said, “and then we would have had a real mess.”
Uthoff said he has three finals next week in forest and wildlife ecology, calculus and political science. Then, his tenure at Wisconsin will be over. He has been working out at the student recreation center since being granted his transfer release, away from former teammates in the Kohl Center.
“I’m still friends with them,” Uthoff said of his ex-teammates. “The coaches have not allowed me to work out with the team or lift with the team or anything, so I’m basically on my own. But we’re still good friends. Definitely. We spent the whole year together. We’re definitely good friends, and we stay in contact.”
Uthoff will have to sit out a year under NCAA transfer rules at whichever Division I school he decides to attend. As for a timetable on determining his next college destination, Uthoff is playing it by ear.
“Hopefully I make a decision before summer school starts,” he said. “If not, it’s not the end of the world. I still have college coaches calling me. I’m still exploring other options.”
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