Iowa will now have two open scholarships entering the 2016-2017 regular basketball season. They've added four pieces that will arrive to campus soon but there's two other vacancies. Yesterday the school announced that freshman forward Brandon Hutton had been granted a release from his scholarship, enabling him to transfer elsewhere.
The same has now been done for freshman guard Andrew Fleming. He's been granted a release from his scholarship as well and is now free to transfer. Hutton redshirted this past season while Fleming did not. The true freshman issued comment regarding his choice to leave Iowa City.
"I want to thank the University of Iowa for an amazing freshman year full of experiences and relationships that will last a life time," Fleming said in a statement delivered to the media. "I would also like to thank Coach McCaffery, his staff, my teammates, and all the fans for all the love and support this season. I have learned so much, and this season has been an unforgettable year."
"With that being said, and with much consideration and prayer, I have decided to transfer and seek out a better situation for my career as a college basketball player," he added. "I have big dreams want to be in the best situation to achieve my goals. Thank you Hawkeye Nation for welcoming me and everyone else who has supported me this year, but I believe God has an amazing plan for my life elsewhere that is bright."
Fleming didn't play a whole lot for Iowa this season. Not many of the freshmen did outside of Christian Williams and Ahmad Wagner. Fran McCaffery and his staff will help Fleming into his next landing spot.
"We appreciate the contributions that Andrew made to our team this past season," McCaffery provided in a statement. "Andrew has a bright future, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors. My staff and I will do whatever we can to help Andrew during this transition."