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Bowman leaving Wisconsin to play closer to his Detroit home

Rutgers v Wisconsin

MADISON, WISCONSIN - FEBRUARY 12: Lorne Bowman II #11 of the Wisconsin Badgers drives to the basket during the second half of the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Kohl Center on February 12, 2022 in Madison, Wisconsin. Rutgers defeated Wisconsin 73-65. (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images)

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MADISON, Wis. - Guard Lorne Bowman is leaving Wisconsin to play somewhere closer to his Detroit home.

Bowman played 22 games this season and averaged 3 points, 1.1 rebound and 10.4 minutes.

He had taken a leave of absence for the entire 2020-21 season and returned home to deal with a family matter.

“We completely understand and support Lorne’s decision to step away from the program and university,” Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said Friday in a statement. “We know this is what’s best for him currently and also for his future. He has been an inspirational and important part of our team over the last two years and will forever be a Big Ten champion and a Badger.”

Bowman said in a statement that “the University of Wisconsin will always have a special place in my heart.”