IOWA CITY, IA - - Ben Rand, a freshman guard on the 2004 University of Iowa men's basketball team, said Thursday he will leave the University at the end of the spring semester. Rand, a native of Rochelle, IL, has not determined where he will continue his college career.
"I have truly enjoyed my year at the University of Iowa and loved being a part of Hawkeye basketball," said Rand. "But, the roster has changed since the time I made my commitment to Coach Alfo rd and the Iowa program. I will seek to find a program where I can be a major contributor following a redshirt season.
"From my perspective as a high school senior, it appeared Pierre Pierce would be a senior next season, " added Rand. "And, Adam Haluska, with three years of eligibility, was not in the picture. With Pierre, Adam and Jeff (sophomore Jeff Horner), the guard depth in this program for the next few years is outstanding. I wish nothing but success for the coaching staff and my Iowa teammates."
The 6-6 Rand played in 19 games during his freshman season. He scored a career- high five points in a win over North Carolina-Asheville and had high marks of four rebounds and three assists in a home win over Penn State.
"We hate to see Ben leave," said Iowa Coach Steve Alford. "He's a great student and he was a valuable member of our squad this past season. I respect his decision. Ben understands he would have to be very patient for playing time. I appreciate his work ethic throughout the year. I have told Ben we will do all we can to assist in finding the best situation for him to continue his college career."