On Tuesday afternoon, Iowa announced that junior forward Ahmad Wagner would be departing the basketball program to explore college football opportunities. He will be finishing out the semester and finalizing his decision thereafter.
Wagner played in 96 career games with the Hawkeyes and averaged 1.7 points and 1.7 rebounds this season. During his sophomore season, he averaged 4.8 points and 3.4 rebounds per game and earned the team’s most improved player award.
The school’s press release included the following:
“I have had recent discussions with my family and the coaching staff, and ultimately decided to leave the Hawkeye basketball program and end my college basketball career so I can finish my collegiate eligibility playing football,” said Wagner. “A person of strong faith, I am following God’s plan and I am eager for this next chapter. I leave the Iowa men’s basketball team with new friendships and incredible memories that I will forever treasure. I want to thank coach McCaffery, staff, and teammates for helping me grow both as a basketball player and person.
“My plan now is to train and get my body into football shape so I can be ready for when I decide where I will finish my athletic and academic goals. Thank-you Hawkeye nation for your support and welcoming me when I first stepped onto campus.”
During this season, Wagner saw most of his time on the wing behind players like Nicholas Baer and Tyler Cook. However, as was clear to fans, his minutes were pretty limited. As such, fans should not view Wagner’s departure as a substantial loss, though it could be more important in the event that Cook departs.
BTPowerhouse will keep you updated as Wagner chooses his destination.