For the past two seasons, Michigan’s men’s basketball team has had Ibi Watson coming off the bench.
Watson, a 6-foot-5 guard, will no longer be coming off the bench for the Wolverines. He made his decision to transfer and announced it on social media Thursday night.
During my time at the University Michigan I have learned and experienced so much. I enjoyed the relationships and memories that I made. Thank you to the coaching staff and my teammates for making my experience so great! After much thought, I have decided to explore other options. pic.twitter.com/tlCQrqQKek
— Ibi Watson (@ibi_watson_2) April 12, 2018
As Watson mentioned, he has learned and experienced a lot. There have been a number of talented players playing ahead of him the past couple years and a run at a Final Four is not an experience that a ton of players will have going into next season.
The guard from Pickerington, Ohio averaged 4.4 minutes per contest his freshman season and then 5.2 minutes and 2.2 points per game this past season. Watson appeared in 26 games in 2017-18, which marked 11th-most on the team.
Watson was deemed a 3-star recruit by 247Sports in the Class of 2016. He was ranked as the No. 239 player overall.