It's hard to remember the last time a redshirt freshman made this much news in college basketball.
Jarrod Uthoff, forward for the Wisconsin men's basketball team, has made headlines this week after deciding to transfer. It isn't Uthoff's decision to leave Madison that's become the subject of debate, but head coach Bo Ryan's decision to not allow the freshman to go to the school of his choosing.
According to the stipulations of Uthoff's scholarship, Ryan has the right to block any potential transfer student from talking with other schools. Ryan won't allow Uthoff to speak to any Big Ten or ACC schools.
Ryan's decision has caused a firestorm, with many people calling the coach's actions unfair. Ryan says he's simply doing what any other coach would do.
No matter where he ends up, it's clear that Uthoff won't be Badger for much longer. Here are some facts about the soon to be former Wisconsin forward:
- Six-foot-eight, 200 pounds
- 18 years old
- From Cedar Rapid, Iowa
- Attended Thomas Jefferson High School
- 2011 Mr. Basketball in Iowa
- 2011 Gatorade Player of the Year in Iowa
- First-team all-state and as a senior in high school
- Mississippi Valley Conference Player of the Year as a senior in high school
- Averaged 26.2 points, 11.2 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game in senior season
- Favorite athlete is Chris Paul