Mar 30, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan Wolverines forward Jon Horford (15) battles for the ball with Kentucky Wildcats guard Andrew Harrison (5) in the second half of the finals of the midwest regional of the 2014 NCAA Mens Basketball Championship tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan Wolverines’ Jon Horford to transfer


The Michigan Wolverines’ basketball program, which reached the NCAA Championship Game in 2013 and were an Aaron Harrison miss away from defeating the Kentucky Wildcats in the Elite Eight and advancing to the Final Four for the second consecutive season, took an unexpected hit on Thursday.

One of Michigan’s captains, Jon Horford, has decided to transfer for his final year of eligibility.

“My time at Michigan has been the most beneficial period of my life in terms of athletic development and overall enlightenment,” Horford said in the university release via Brendan F. Quinn of MLive.com. “The bonds created over the last four years are everlasting, and the memories made are truly priceless. As on all journeys, new paths must be taken and intuition must be trusted. I leave Michigan with nothing but love in my heart.”

Horford will be a fifth year senior, but has a year of eligibility left.

The Wolverines know that Nik Stauskas, Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III, but this had to have caught them somewhat off guard because all signs pointed to Horford returning.

Horford, the brother of Atlanta Hawks’ big man Al Horford, averaged 3.8 points and 4.2 rebounds per game last season.

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