By TOM LEA
The drama-laden saga of Jarrod Uthoff, a former Wisconsin basketball player that opted to transfer out of the program in April, has reached its conclusion.
The Iowa native chose to enroll at his home state school, Iowa, according to various reports.
Uthoff, who was named Iowa’s Mr. Basketball during his senior season at Cedar Rapids Jefferson, chose the Hawkeyes over potential suitors Iowa State, Creighton and Northern Iowa.
He had scheduled visits to those schools, Florida and Marquette throughout the two-month old process.
Per NCAA transfer rules Uthoff will have to sit out the 2012-13 season, his first in Iowa City. Per Big Ten rules, Uthoff won’t be able to have any contact with the Iowa coaching staff, including head coach Fran McCaffery, until he actually enrolls at the university next fall.
He will also have to pay his own way for the 2012-13 season and essentially serve as a walk-on. He’ll have three years of eligibility remaining, beginning with the 2013-14 season. Uthoff will likely become a scholarship player at that time.
Uthoff’s transfer news sparked national debate when he said UW head coach Bo Ryan restricted every Big Ten school (including Iowa), every ACC school, Iowa State, Marquette and Florida, the latter two namely because they were on Wisconsin’s upcoming schedule.
Eventually, following a fierce national firestorm, UW rescinded every blocked school, opening the way for Uthoff to wind up at Big Ten rival Iowa.
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