Junior forward Andy Van Vliet announced on Twitter on Tuesday evening, with Wisconsin head coach Greg Gard confirming via a released statement, that he will leave the Wisconsin Badgers’ men’s basketball program and “pursue my academic and athletic goals at another Division I school.”
Van Vliet began the season as a starter, notching 18 points and eight rebounds in a season-opening win over South Carolina State, but his role decreased early on and for most of the season. Against Northwestern on Feb. 22, however, he emerged as a shooting threat against the Wildcats’ zone defense and scored 14 points, hitting four of six three-point attempts in a 70–64 win in Evanston.
In 17 games this season, he averaged 3.4 points and 1.4 rebounds.
Here is Van Vliet’s full statement:
On to the next chapter. Thank you Wisconsin! pic.twitter.com/8va1wO6gKD— Andy van Vliet (@andyvanvliet) March 13, 2018
“We thank Andy for what he did for our program over the last three seasons and we wish him the best moving forward,” Gard said in a statement released by UW. “We will help him in any way we can as he looks for a new school to continue his career.”
Van Vliet committed to Wisconsin back in April 2015, the fifth member of the class that included the likes of Brevin Pritzl, Khalil Iverson, Charles Thomas, and Alex Illikainen. However, the NCAA ruled him ineligible to play for the Badgers during the 2015–16 season.
He averaged 1.3 points and 1.4 rebounds in 14 games during the 2016–17 season.