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Gone Baby Gone: Exeunt Pat Ingram, Pursued by a Bear

Hawkeyes lose their fourth-string point guard, fan base collectively shrugs

In a move widely expected since mid-January, Iowa guard Patrick Ingram has asked for, and been granted, a release from his scholarship. He will transfer out of the program at the end of the school year:

University of Iowa head men's basketball coach Fran McCaffery announced today that guard Patrick Ingram (6-foot-2, 211 pounds) has asked for and has been granted his release from his scholarship to transfer to another school.

"Patrick is a tremendous person who was an integral part of our program last season," said McCaffery. "Patrick indicated that he wants to be closer to home and we have granted his request. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors."

Ingram, a three-star recruit out of Indianapolis, was the second of three point guards to commit to Fran McCaffery in 2012. He appeared in 20 games for Iowa as a freshman, averaging 5.8 minutes and scoring 0.9 points per game, but managed just 10 minutes of action after February 1. Ingram was widely lauded for his ability as a defensive stopper, but his offensive game needed more work than Mike Gesell or Anthony Clemmons, and with Roy Devyn Marble likely moving to point guard next year and the team desperately looking for more scoring, Ingram was going to have an extremely difficult time finding minutes in 2013-14. And with two point guards in his class and Fran hotly pursuing another for next season, things weren't likely to improve in the next two years.

Much like McCaffery, we wish Ingram well in his future endeavors.