On Wednesday afternoon, Wisconsin guard Jordan Hill and the Badgers announced that Hill will be leaving the Wisconsin program after graduation in May.
Hill, who would have been a redshirt senior, has decided to explore options and play as a graduate transfer at another school.
“I am so grateful for the opportunity to spend four years studying and playing at Wisconsin,” Hill said in the 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.
“Thank you to everyone who has shown me love, my teammates who became brothers, coaches who never let me get stagnant, and all of the people on campus who educated a young man from Pasadena. I can never say enough because coming here was life-changing. I will always hold a special place in my heart for you, Wisconsin. I will forever be a Badger. On Wisconsin!”
“We want to thank Jordan for his dedication to our program and congratulate him on getting his degree,” Coach Greg 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 was a part of both Final Four teams, though only really seeing playing time his redshirt sophomore and junior years when Gard took over the program. He averaged 1.5 points per game this past season after averaging 3.0 per game in the 2015-16 season.
Per sources, Hill had thought about transferring during his redshirt sophomore season when Bo Ryan’s future seemed in doubt and he wasn’t seeing as much playing time. He elected to stay, which he clearly has not regretted. The Pasadena native will likely look to play on the West Coast where he can play right away.
With Hill gone, the Badgers will have a very young backcourt next season. Freshmen Brad Davison and Kobe King will likely get playing time while D’Mitrik Trice, Brevin Pritzl, and Khalil Iverson will be the main contributors. Hill would have seen good minutes in Madison, so wherever he goes he will be looking to start or be a good team’s sixth man.
Hill leaving also opens up another scholarship for the 2017-18 season, giving them two spots. The Badgers could elect to field a grad transfer or two and/or sign freshmen later in the year like they did with Trice and Aleem Ford.
We wish Hill the best of luck.