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Rice transfer Malik Osborne chooses Florida State over Wisconsin

UW misses out on former Rice Owl forward

NCAA Basketball: Rice at UNLV Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

While the Wisconsin Badgers added to its roster earlier this week, that player will not be Rice forward Malik Osborne, who announced via Twitter he will transfer to Florida State on Tuesday.

Obsorne, a Matteson, Ill., native, tweeted on May 3 that Wisconsin had offered and visited earlier this month. The same week UW offered, Florida State did as well.

In his one year at Rice, Osborne averaged nine points and 6.5 rebounds per game as a freshman during the 2017–18 season. The 6’8, 200-pound forward played in 31 games with 27 starts for the Owls, averaging 27.1 minutes per game while recording three double-doubles. He also led the team in blocks (24) and successfully converted 64.3 percent of his free throws.

Northern Illinois center Owen Hamilton announced his intention to transfer to Wisconsin, with both 247Sports and BadgerBlitz.com/Rivals.com reporting he will walk-on.