There will be more than just the departure of the four senior scholarship Hawkeye basketball players and walk-on Okey Ukah. The University of Iowa sent out a release Wednesday evening that freshman forward Brandon Hutton has been granted his release to transfer.
Hutton has chosen to transfer and Iowa has granted him his release from his scholarship. Hutton redshirted this past season and is a 6-foot-5, 212 pound forward from Chicago. No details have been shared on why the transfer is taking place but he will no longer be a Hawkeye.
Head coach Fran McCaffery commented on Hutton's choice to leave the program.
"Brandon is a terrific individual who remained positive and worked on his game all season long," McCaffery said in a statement. "He is a versatile player, who is ultra-competitive, and we wish nothing but the best for Brandon moving forward. My staff and I will do whatever we can to help Brandon during this transition."
Hutton also provided comment on his decision to leave Iowa City.
"I would like to thank coach McCaffery and staff for this past year," Hutton provided in a statement. "Even though I redshirted and did not play in games, my coaches and teammates helped me grow as a basketball player in practices. With that said, I feel like it is in my best interests to pursue an expanded role at another institution."
"I would like to thank my teammates for the friendship we developed and their support with this decision," he added. "And also a special thank you to the Hawkeye fans for making me feel welcome this past year."
Iowa will now have an open scholarship entering the 2016-2017 season. It is believed that could be given to walk-on Nicholas Baer who played significant minutes last year as a redshirt freshman or it could be used to possibly add another body to the fold for the next season.