Jarrod Uthoff, who decided last month to leave the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball program, is considering a transfer to Marquette.
As if the rivalry between the Badgers and Golden Eagles needed any more intrigue. The idea of Uthoff and former Madison Memorial standout Vander Blue as teammates — Blue, a guard for the Golden Eagles, was once committed to the Badgers — might just be enough to make UW fans’ heads explode.
Uthoff told the Cedar Rapids Gazette on Sunday night that he plans to visit Marquette sometime this week and also will visit Florida later this month. He’s already visited Creighton and Iowa State.
Uthoff also hasn’t ruled out the possibility of ending up at Iowa, though he declined to appeal restrictions placed by UW that prevent him from having contact with any Big Ten programs.
To play for Iowa, Uthoff would have to enroll at the school and sit out a year without the aid of a scholarship. He also wouldn’t be able to speak with the Hawkeyes coaching staff until he’s enrolled at the school.
Uthoff, a 6-foot-8 forward who has yet to make his collegiate debut after redshirting last season as a true freshman, became a household name last month when UW coach Bo Ryan blocked him from having contact with the entire Big Ten, the entire ACC, Marquette, Iowa State and Florida.
Ryan’s decision to block more than two dozen schools drew the wrath of several members of the national media and left him as Public Enemy No. 1 in a national debate of whether coaches should be allowed to restrict a player’s movement when they leave a program.
UW later removed the restrictions on the ACC, Iowa State, Marquette and Florida.