The first domino of the Iowa basketball offseason has fallen, as point guard Brady Ellingson announced he will seek to play his final year of college basketball outside Iowa City.
According to a release from the University, Ellingson will earn his degree in enterprise leadership in May. He will be able to compete at his next stop immediately.
The writing was on the wall for Ellingson, who saw his minutes and overall production dip this year compared to 2016-17. He would be a redshirt senior for Iowa next year, a team where he would likely be fourth in the pecking order for minutes behind Jordan Bohannon, Maishe Dailey and Connor McCaffery (and that’s without considering incoming recruits CJ Fredrick and Joe Wieskamp).
Ellingson’s role peaked midseason in 2016-17, where he averaged over 10 minutes a game during conference play, making his name as a three-point specialist to complement Peter Jok and Bohannon.
Alas, he wasn’t able to fill that role once again this year as Iowa was hamstrung with depth issues at guard behind Bohannon.
The good news is this frees up a much-needed scholarship for Iowa to pursue either a recruit or a potential transfer to help Iowa with its backcourt problems.
Best of luck to Brady as he continues his basketball career. Once a Hawk, always a Hawk.
UPDATE: Ahmad Wagner is also leaving the Iowa basketball program.