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Thursday / February 2.
  • Wisconsin redshirt sophomore Kobe King to transfer

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    Wisconsin redshirt sophomore guard Kobe King announced his intentions to transfer on Wednesday, via Instagram.

    “After talking with my family and friends I have decided that the best step for my future basketball aspirations, as well as my love for the game, is to immediately step away from the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball program,” King wrote. “This has been a very tough decision for me…however, after spending almost three years in the Wisconsin program I have realized that this program is not the right fit for me as a player and person.”

    “Being a Wisconsin kid my whole life, I always dreamed of being a Badger and representing the state every game. I am grateful that I was able to get the opportunity to play for such a great university.

    “I want to thank Coach [Alando] Tucker, Coach [Howard] Moore, Coach [Joe Krabbenhoft], Coach [Dean] Oliver and Coach [Greg] Gard for giving me the opportunity to fulfill my dream representing the Wisconsin basketball program.”

    King’s announcement comes two days after he did not play in UW’s 68-62 loss at Iowa on Monday.

    The Journal Sentinel reported before the game King did not travel to Iowa City and was frustrated with the direction of the team. 

    “Being a student-athlete in the Wisconsin men’s basketball program is a special privilege and opportunity,” head coach Greg Gard said in a release. “And I am disappointed Kobe has chosen to leave, particularly at this time.

    “But I respect his right to do what he feels is in his best interest. I wish Kobe all the best.

    “We are a resilient team. I am confident in our staff and players. We are moving forward fully committed to each other and to achieving our collective goals.”

    King led UW in conference play with 12.6 points per game. His 10 points per game this season were good for second on the team.

    King struggled in league play since the start of the second semester.

    In four games against Maryland, Michigan State, Nebraska and Purdue, King averaged 6.8 points and 1.8 rebounds. He was 0 of 4 from three-point range and 10 of 34 overall.

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