Strickland leaving UW after one season

The Tai Strickland era with the University of Wisconsin’s men’s basketball team was a short one.

Strickland, a true freshman from Florida, announced on twitter this afternoon that he is transferring.

The UW coaching staff was excited when Strickland committed to UW over finalists Minnesota and Rutgers, as the final member of a three-man 2018 recruiting class last spring. The other two members in that class, Taylor Currie and Joe Hedstrom, who both redshirted this season.

Strickland, who decided against redshirting this season, appeared to be in line to get more time in the rotation when Trevor Anderson was lost to a season ending injury in late November.

But Strickland ended up playing only 50 minutes on the season, 17 of those came in a non-conference game against Savannah State in Mid-December. He appeared in nine games for a total of 11 minutes against Big Ten teams.

Strickland is the fourth player in the last two years to leave UW with eligibility remaining. Jordan Hill left for Seattle as a graduate transfer following the 2016-17 season, Andy Van Vliet transferred to William & Mary following the 2017-18 season, and Alex Illikainen left the program early in this 2018-19 season.

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