Sophomore guard/forward Ibi Watson announced Thursday night he intends to leave the Michigan basketball program.
During my time at the University Michigan I have learned and experienced so much. I enjoyed the relationships and memories that I made. Thank you to the coaching staff and my teammates for making my experience so great! After much thought, I have decided to explore other options. pic.twitter.com/tlCQrqQKek— Ibi Watson (@ibi_watson_2) April 12, 2018
Watson just played his second season coming off the Wolverines’ bench. He averaged 2.2 points and 0.8 rebounds in 5.2 minutes per game this past season. In Michigan’s run to the National Championship game, Watson totaled 15 minutes.
Watson was apart of John Beilein’s 2016 recruiting class. He chose U-M over offers from Indiana, Akron, Bowling Green, Dayton, Miami (Ohio) and Ohio.
Beilein is scheduled to meet with South Dakota’s graduate transfer guard Matt Mooney next Tuesday. He could serve as a filler for Watson in the backcourt for the 2018-19 campaign.
With the Watson transfer, Michigan is now down to the 13-player limit for the 2018-19 scholarship allotment. Moritz Wagner and Charles Matthews have yet to make a decision on whether or not they will enter the NBA Draft or return to school.