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Wisconsin C Evan Anderson not returning for senior season

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The redshirt junior will join be honored on Senior Night following the Purdue game March 5, the team announced Thursday morning.

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In three seasons at Wisconsin, Anderson appeared in 35 games, scoring 20 points with 10 rebounds and six assists. The 6'10, 245-pound Stanley, Wis., native was often unable to crack UW's frontcourt rotation, though he was always a well regarded teammate -- the Badgers' pre-game dance circles won't be the same without him.

"I'm very thankful for the opportunity to play basketball at Wisconsin and thankful for my time here," Anderson said in a statement released by the team. "I thank all of my teammates and all of the fans for their support. This experience made me into the man that I am today.

"My ultimate goal was to help this team out in any way that I could. No matter how small or how big of a role that would have been. I really feel like I fulfilled that part. I'm glad I was able to come here. It's really a special place to be."

Anderson is scheduled to graduate from UW in May with a degree in community and environmental sociology with a certificate in criminal justice. Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan has yet to comment on the Badgers' new scholarship opening.