Point guard George Marshall leaving Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. — George Marshall, a redshirt sophomore

guard, has left the Wisconsin men’s basketball program and will explore his

transfer options, according a school release Saturday.

“George came and talked to me and he informed me that

he wanted to pursue his options of playing somewhere else,” Badgers coach

Bo Ryan said in a statement. “I told him we would help in any way we could

to facilitate his transition to a new school. He’s a great kid, from a terrific

family and we wish him luck as he continues his academic and athlete

career.”

Marshall was in position to see minutes in a backup role

this season. But he suffered a concussion during a Nov. 15 practice before

Wisconsin’s game against UW-Green Bay, and he missed the next four games. That

allowed freshman Bronson Koenig to step in and fill those minutes. Marshall did

not play in the next three games after being medically cleared to return.

Marshall played in only two games this season, averaging

12.5 minutes and 2.0 points.

A year ago, Marshall started the team’s first six games

before Traevon Jackson took over as Wisconsin’s starting point guard. Marshall

played in all 35 games last season and averaged 15.8 minutes and 4.1 points.

For his career, the Chicago, Ill., native appeared in 37

games at Wisconsin, averaging 4.0 points and 1.0 assists.

“I love my teammates and the team, and I’m thankful to

the university and coach Ryan for the chance to play at Wisconsin,”

Marshall said in the release. “I’m excited to look for a new

opportunity.”

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