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Michigan forward Brent Hibbitts announces graduate transfer

The junior is going elsewhere for his senior season.

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It didn’t take long after Michigan’s Final Four run for the first player to announce transfer plans.

Michigan junior forward Brent Hibbitts posted on Twitter he will be looking into other programs for next season as a graduate transfer.

A 6-foot-8, 220-pound forward, Hibbitts played in five games last season and averaged 1.8 points and 0.6 rebounds per game. He was expected to be a bench role player, but suffered a foot injury, which forced him to miss most of the season.

Hibbitts will have two years of eligibility since he is pursuing a graduate transfer.

The first question I asked myself when I heard this news was “does Michigan now have an available scholarship for Matt Mooney or another transfer?”

Then I remembered Hibbitts was a walk-on, so the clear answer is “no, you dumb ass.”

We are still waiting to hear on what Moritz Wagner and Charles Matthews plan on doing, which would have a huge impact on whether or not Michigan intends to take in a transfer this offseason.

NCAA Division I teams are allowed 13 scholarship players. For the sake of the scenario, let’s just say Wagner goes pro, Matthews stays and one scholarship player transfers. If that happened, Michigan would be at 12 scholarship players, meaning a transfer would be extremely likely, especially considering how many Beilein has taken during his Michigan coaching career.

But until that happens, we are in full “wait and see” mode, and we wish nothing but the best for Hibbitts moving forward.