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Northwestern forward Mike Turner intends to transfer

In September, when Northwestern redshirt sophomore forward Mike Turner took a leave of absence, it seemed unlikely he would return to the team. The program announced Saturday in a release that Turner intends to transfer.

In a statement, Wildcats coach Chris Collins said, "Mike felt that it was in his best interest to pursue another institution to continue his career,” Collins said. “We support his decision fully and we’re grateful for his contributions to Northwestern. We wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors and will help him however we can in his search.”

Turner -- who didn't get along well with the new coaching staff, according to sources -- averaged 1.9 points and 2.0 rebounds in 32 games last season. Northwestern will welcome in a five-man recruiting class next season that is ranked 25th in the country by ESPN. It could look to fill Turner's scholarship slot with a fifth-year transfer big man, but only if a current player transfers or is asked to transfer. Northwestern has filled its 13 scholarship slots for next season.