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Johnnie Vassar to Transfer from Northwestern

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Vassar's departure opens up another scholarship that Chris Collins may use on another class of 2015 player.

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Northwestern freshman guard Johnnie Vassar will transfer, according to the school:

"Johnnie let us know that he has chosen to pursue another university to continue his career," [Chris] Collins said. "We support his decision and enjoyed having him as a member of the program this season. He is a talented player with a bright future and we wish him nothing but the best in everything he does going forward."

CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein originally broke the news Monday, and the official announcement from Northwestern came soon after.

Vassar tweeted out the following statement:

Vassar statement

Crucially, Vassar's departure opens up another scholarship for Collins and NU. The thought is that the extra scholarship could be used on Kipper Nichols, a 6-foot-6 three-star class of 2015 wing from Ohio. Nichols has not made his college decision yet, but Northwestern is reportedly one of his favorites.

Vassar was a bit of an unknown coming out of high school. He had attended four different schools, and had only stayed at one of the four for longer than a year. Collins and others used the word "different" to describe him on multiple occasions.

Vassar was used sparingly as a freshman though. He appeared in 18 games, but primarily at the end of halves as a defensive specialist, or in garbage time. He scored just 15 total points.

Vassar is the fifth player to transfer away from Northwestern since Collins took over as head coach less than two years ago. Walk-on Nick Segura also left the team earlier this season.