Junior guard Aaron Cosby and Illinois have decided to part ways, the school announced Friday.
Cosby, a 6-foot-3 guard who transferred to Illinois from Seton Hall, was averaging 7.8 points per game in his first season with the Illini. He had started 13 of the team’s first 19 games before being suspended for the last 7 games.
“After having further discussions with Aaron and evaluating the situation from both sides, he and I have mutually agreed that it is best to part ways,” coach John Groce said in a release. “I enjoyed coaching Aaron and appreciate the contributions he made during his time here. I wish him success and will be rooting for him to have a great finish to his career.”
Cosby will remain enrolled at Illinois through the semester with the intent of earning his degree before transferring. Graduating would allow him to be immediately eligible as a graduate transfer at a new school.
“I have a great relationship with my coaches and teammates here at Illinois, but feel it’s in my best interest to seek out a new opportunity,” Cosby said in a release. “I’m thankful for everyone in the program for their support and look forward to the next chapter in my basketball career.”
Illinois currently sits on the NCAA Tournament bubble at 17-9 with a 7-6 Big Ten record. The Illini host Michigan State on Sunday.