Colbert Leaving Illinois Basketball Program

CHAMPAIGN -- Following two seasons of limited action for Austin Colbert, the sophomore forward is transferring from Illinois.

Head coach John Groce announced the news Wednesday.

“After meeting with Austin, he and I agree that it is in his best interest to pursue a fresh start and continue his education and basketball career at another institution,” Groce said in a statement. “We are appreciative of the effort Austin gave during his time at Illinois, and we will fully support him and his family throughout the transfer process.”

Colbert, a Chesapeake, Va. native, played in 25 games in 2014-2015, averaging 1.7 points, and 2.2 rebounds in a limited role.

His role grew later in the season.  He averaged 9.9 minutes, and 2.9 rebounds per game from January 31 to their NIT loss against Alabama on March 17.

“I've enjoyed my two years here and leave with a lot of great memories,” Colbert said. “I want to thank my teammates, coaches, fans and the Orange Krush for all their support.”

Colbert will transfer after finish classes for the Illinois spring semester. His destination has not been annnounced.

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