On Friday, Wisconsin announced that freshman guard Lorne Bowman II was leaving UW to continue his career closer to home. Sunday, the Detroit native announced he’ll play at Oakland University in Michigan.

Badgers coach Greg Gard offered support for Bowman’s decision to head home in a Friday release from the program.

“We completely understand and support Lorne’s decision to step away from the program and university. We know this is what’s best for him currently and also for his future,” Gard said. “He has been an inspirational and important part of our team over the last two years and will forever be a Big Ten champion and a Badger. Our entire staff and team think the world of Lo. We intend to stay close with the Bowmans and wish Lo all the best in his future.”

As a freshman, Bowman appeared in 22 games for UW. He averaged 3.0 points, 1.1 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game over 10.4 minutes off the bench. Bowman posted a team-high 40% from 3-point range, going 12-of-30.

He looked back fondly on his time in Wisconsin.

“First and foremost I want to thank God for giving me the ability to play the game of basketball at a high level,” Bowman said via Wisconson. “I want to thank coach Greg Gard, Dean Oliver, Joe Krabbenhoft and Sharif Chambliss and the entire staff for giving me the opportunity to showcase my talents. To my teammates, I will never forget you guys. To Badger Nation, I want to thank you for all the support and love you showed me and the team this season. The University of Wisconsin will always have a special place in my heart. May God bless you all!”