Michigan forward Jon Horford will transfer from Wolverines’ program, the school announced Thursday. Horford, a redshirt junior forward, averaged 3.8 points and 4.2 rebounds per game last season, helping the Wolverines to a Big Ten title and NCAA Tournament Elite Eight appearance. He was one of the team’s three captains.
“My time at Michigan has been the most beneficial period of my life in terms of athletic development and overall enlightenment,” Horford said. “The bonds created over the last four years are everlasting, and the memories made are truly priceless. As on all journeys, new paths must be taken and intuition must be trusted. I leave Michigan with nothing but love in my heart.”
Horford is on schedule to finish his undergraduate degree in May, which would make him immediately eligible at his new school.
“Jon has been an integral part of our many accomplishments over the last four years,” head coach Jon Beilein said. “He brought great enthusiasm, leadership and work ethic to our program. Jon is a wonderful young man, who has a very bright future ahead of him. With his graduation this May, he will have the opportunity to play immediately at another Division I program. We will be rooting for him every step of the way.”
Michigan was already looking at a thin frontcourt for the 2014-15 season with starting forward Jordan Morgan graduating. Sophomore Mitch McGary was limited to only eight games because of a back injury, but he could wind up declaring for the NBA Draft. If McGary does depart, Michigan’s tallest returning rotation player will be 6’6″ small forward Glenn Robinson III.
The Wolverines do welcome a pair of big men in their incoming freshman class. 6’9″ Ricky Doyle and 6’8″ D.J. Wilson join the team, along with small forwards Kameron Chatman and Austin Hatch.