Junior forward Andy Van Vliet, one of the many Badgers competing for minutes at the four position the last two seasons, has decided to transfer from Wisconsin, and has been granted his release.

Van Vliet made this statement via Twitter:

The Belgium native individually thanked several people, including former coach Bo Ryan and members of the athletic staff, but noticeably left out head coach Greg Gard.

Via UW Athletics, Gard also made a statement about Van Vliet’s decision:


There were high hopes for Van Vliet, a sharp-shooting stretch four from Europe, but things never seemed to work out for him, especially in the physical Big Ten conference.

In his Badgers career, Van Vliet played in 31 games including four starts this year, and averaged 3.4 points and 1.7 rebounds. His career highs were 18 points and eight rebounds, respectively, in the 2017-2018 season opener.

Van Vliet’s transfer will open up another scholarship for the 2018-19 season.