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Northwestern: Chier Ajou to Transfer

Chris Collins announced Tuesday that redshirt freshman Chier Ajou will transfer from Northwestern.

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After playing just eight games in two seasons at Northwestern, Chier Ajou has decided to transfer. The 7'2" center showed little potential and only saw the floor at the end of blowouts.

Ajou dealt with back problems last year which landed him a redshirt for the season. He played in  just one game this year, getting two minutes against UCLA. In his 32 minutes of play while at Northwestern, Ajou scored eight points. With the influx of recruits Chris Collins has coming in, it was unlikely that Ajou would ever see significant play time.

Chris Collins was out of scholarships for next season until Ajou decided to transfer. Northwestern is desperately in need of a power forward, and Collins is in search of a big man that could take the roster spot. The Wildcats had looked at adding Chane Behanan but eventually decided his off-court issues weren't worth the gamble.

Most likely Collins will find a transfer from a smaller division one school for the spot. If not, Northwestern could add a sixth incoming freshman to its recruiting class.

Ajou's departure comes on the same day that his cousin, Luol Deng, was traded by the Chicago Bulls. Ajou will have to sit out next season before he can transfer and play two more seasons elsewhere.