A release from the UW Athletic Department indicates that redshirt junior Jordan Hill will leave the men’s basketball and explore transfer options. Hill will earn his undergraduate degree from UW in May. It appears to be an amiable parting based on the news release (Sam Okey and Jared Uthoff take notes).
“I am so grateful for the opportunity to spend four years studying and playing at Wisconsin,” Hill said. “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!”
Coach Greg Gard quote in the release:
“We want to thank Jordan for his dedication to our program and congratulate him on getting his degree,” 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 averaged 9.9 minutes per game during the 2016-2017 posting 1.5 points-per-game (PPG) and 1.1 rebounds-per-game (RPG). He shot 35.2% form the field. Hill saw his minute’s decrease from the 2015-2016 season when he averaged 16.1 minutes-per-game and 3 PPG and 1.4 RPG.
D’Mitrik Trice and Brevin Pritzl took a lot of Hill’s playing time. And despite Trice’s poor showing the NCAA Tournament, Trice is the obvious heir apparent with Bronson Koenig’s departure. Trice averaged 18.3 minutes-per-game during the 2016-2017 season, 6th highest on the team. Trice and Pritzl should be the de facto starters at Guard until further notice. Pritzl recorded 195 minutes in the 2016-2017, or approximately 191 more minutes than the 2015-2016 season. A full 73.3% of Pritzl’s minutes came in the last 12 games of the season.
Hill played just 3 minutes against Villanova in the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament and 4 minutes in the Sweet 16 loss to Florida.