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Ibi Watson announces transfer from Michigan

Watson will be exploring his options after two seasons with the Wolverines.

NCAA Basketball: Final Four-Practice Day Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Sophomore guard/forward Ibi Watson announced Thursday night he intends to leave the Michigan basketball program.

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.