Markolf withdraws from Wisconsin basketball

Wisconsin sophomore center Ian Markolf has decided to withdraw from the men's basketball team.

MADISON - After weighing his options of playing at another school or remaining at the University of Wisconsin, basketball didn't seem as important any more to sophomore Ian Markolf. It was announced Tuesday that Markolf has decided to quit the team, though he plans to remain at UW to focus on academics and continue pursuing his degree in personal finance and investment.

"I would like to thank my coaches and teammates for their help and support over the past two seasons," Markolf said in a release. "I look forward to continuing our friendships and being a Badger fan while a student at Wisconsin. I wish them the best of luck in the seasons to come."

Markolf's departure opens a scholarship spot for next season and UW likely will attempt to add a guard for its 2010 freshman class rather than save the scholarship for a deep 2011 class, seeing as the Badgers lose seniors Jason Bohannon and Trevon Hughes to graduation.

"We wish Ian the best of luck and thank him for his hard work over the last two years," Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said in a release. "He's been a good teammate and student and we wish him well as he pursues other endeavors and completes his degree at Wisconsin."

Markolf, who earned academic All-Big Ten honors this season, was a three-star center and the 28th-ranked center in the country by when he signed during the Badgers five-man 2008 class.

Unfortunately for him and Wisconsin, the high ranked never panned out. Markolf appeared in six career games for Wisconsin, including two in 2009-10.

Wisconsin now has 12 players on scholarship for 2010-11 season, including three incoming freshmen – Evan Anderson, Duje Dukan and Josh Gasser.

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