On Tuesday via an Iowa press release, Hawkeyes forward Ahmad Wagner was granted a release to pursue football opportunities.
The 6-foot-7 wing issued a desire to play football next season and depart from the Iowa basketball program. Last season, Wagner averaged 1.7 points in 30 games.
Via the release, Wagner said, “I have had recent discussions with my family and the coaching staff, and ultimately decided to leave the Hawkeye basketball program and end my college basketball career so I can finish my collegiate eligibility playing football. A person of strong faith, I am following God’s plan and I am eager for this next chapter. I leave the Iowa men’s basketball team with new friendships and incredible memories that I will forever treasure. I want to thank coach McCaffery, staff, and teammates for helping me grow both as a basketball player and person.
“My plan now is to train and get my body into football shape so I can be ready for when I decide where I will finish my athletic and academic goals. Thank-you Hawkeye nation for your support and welcoming me when I first stepped onto campus.”
As a senior at Wayne High School, in Ohio, Wagner caught 58 passes for 1,028 yards and 17 TD as a wide receiver. Hawkeyes basketball coach Fran McCaffery is confident in Wagner’s pursuit to play football.
“Ahmad has been a tremendous teammate and an absolute joy to coach the past three seasons,” McCaffery said. “Ahmad has a unique blend of athleticism and strength to go along with a tremendous work ethic. I have no doubt that he will be successful in his pursuit of playing football. I am excited for his future and wish him nothing but the best. We will work with Ahmad any way we can to assist him during this transition.”