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Badgers Basketball: Junior guard Jordan Hill granted release from Wisconsin

Redshirt junior Jordan Hill will explore his transfer options from Wisconsin, leaving the Badgers without a scholarship senior in 2017-18.

MADISON – Wisconsin was already going to have a young roster next season with the graduation of four seniors who won 115 games, advances to four Sweet 16s and played in two Final Fours. Now the Badgers will be even younger without any scholarship seniors on their projected roster.

Wisconsin head coach Greg Gard announced Wednesday that guard Jordan Hill has been granted his release to explore transfer options. Hill is scheduled to graduate from Wisconsin in May.

“We want to thank Jordan for his dedication to our program and congratulate him on getting his degree,” Gard said in a statement. “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.”

A native of Pasadena, Calif., Hill appeared in 75 games with one start during his career at Wisconsin, scoring 147 points, 83 rebounds and 41 assists in three seasons. Hill played 35 games this past season, averaging 1.5 points and 1.1 rebounds in 9.9 minutes. He played a combined 17 minutes in Wisconsin’s three N.C.A.A. tournament games.

Without Hill, sophomore point guard D'Mitrik Trice is the only guard with starting experience after starting two games last season when senior Bronson Koenig was injured. UW will also look to redshirt sophomore Brevin Pritzl (1.9 ppg in 24 games) and incoming recruits Brad Davison and Kobe King to pick up production.

 “I am so grateful for the opportunity to spend four years studying and playing at Wisconsin,” Hill said in a statement. “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.”

Wisconsin is likely going to be in the market for a graduate transfer with its open scholarship it was rolling over from 2017 but is unlikely going to bring in a prospect who had to sit out a year. 

Hill caught the eye of former head coach Bo Ryan with his pregame workouts at a summer AAU tournament. Wisconsin was his only major offer, but Hill led Exeter Academy (New Hampshire) to its first-ever NEPSAC Class A championship in 2013 and graduated from LaSalle High School in Pasadena, earning first-team all-Del Rey League honors as a senior in 2012.

“Thank you to everyone who has shown me love, my teammates who became brothers, coaches it who never let me get stagnant, and all of the people on campus who educated a young man from Pasadena,” Hill said. “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.”

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