After taking a leave of absence from the team in September, Northwestern forward Mike Turner decided to leave the program and transfer, the school announced Saturday morning.
Turner appeared in all 32 games last season for Northwestern, averaging 1.9 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 1.8 assists.
The general speculation was that Turner would decide to transfer after Northwestern head coach Chris Collins received a commitment from Junipero Serra Catholic High School’s Johnnie Vassar, putting the Wildcats over the limit with 14 scholarship players if Turner returned.
Although Turner did not have the talent to compete at a high level in the Big Ten, it is still a noteworthy loss for the Wildcats as 7-foot center Alex Olah is their only returning member of the frontcourt next season. And though Collins’ recruiting class is ranked No. 25 nationally on ESPN.com, he is bringing in only one big man — 6’8″ power forward Gavin Skelly.