Wisconsin basketball forward Andy Van Vliet announced on Tuesday that he will be leaving the Badgers program.
“Wisconsin has taught me a lot of things and I have grown and matured because of the challenges and experiences I have had here,” Van Vliet wrote in a note shared on Twitter. “My only regret is not being able to finish what I have started, but this school and community will always hold a special place in my heart.”
Van Vliet, from Belgium, started the first four games this last season for Wisconsin. He was 7-for-11 shooting with 4 3-pointers and 18 points in the season-opening game against South Carolina State. For the season, Van Vliet averaged 3.7 points.
During the 2016-17 season, Van Vliet averaged 1.3 points.
Wisconsin coach Greg Gard confirmed Van Vliet has been granted his release.
“We thank Andy for what he did for our program over the last three seasons and we wish him the best moving forward,” Gard said. “We will help him in any way we can as he looks for a new school to continue his career.”
“After meeting with the coaching staff last week, I have made the decision to leave the University of Wisconsin and pursue my academic and athletic goals at another Division I school,” Van Vliet said in a post on his Twitter account.
“I want to thank Coach Ryan and Coach Close for giving me the opportunity to come to a world class university and not only develop as a basketball player, but as a man. When I made the difficult decision to leave my country and come here to play, Wisconsin was my first choice. Wisconsin has taught me a lot of things and I have grown and matured because of the challenges and experiences I have had here. My only regret is not being able to finish what I have started, but this school and community will always hold a special place in my heart.
Wisconsin basketball: Andy Van Vliet leaving Badgers
On to the next chapter. Thank you Wisconsin! pic.twitter.com/8va1wO6gKD
— Andy van Vliet (@andyvanvliet) March 13, 2018