Wisconsin has announced that freshman guard Lorne Bowman II will be finishing his athletic and academic career elsewhere.

Friday evening, the school announced that Bowman is leaving the basketball program and plans to continue his career closer to home. The freshman is a native of Detroit.

“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,” head coach Greg Gard said in a statement. “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.”

Bowman appeared in 22 games for Wisconsin this season. He averaged 3 points and 1.1 rebounds per game while playing over 10 minutes per contest. He missed a portion of the season because of injury.

“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. “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!”

Wisconsin ended the season with a share of the B1G regular season title, posting a 15-5 mark in league play.