staff, April 15, 2015

NCAA Basketball: Las Vegas Invitational-Indiana State vs Illinois
Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois head basketball coach John Groce announced Wednesday that sophomore forward Austin Colbert (Chesapeake, Va.) is no longer with the program. Colbert will transfer at the conclusion of UI spring semester classes.

?After meeting with Austin, he and I agree that it is in his best interest to pursue a fresh start and continue his education and basketball career at another institution,? Groce said. ?We are appreciative of the effort Austin gave during his time at Illinois, and we will fully support him and his family throughout the transfer process.?

Colbert appeared in 25 games this past season, averaging 1.7 points and 2.2 rebounds. He scored a career-high six points versus Indiana State on Nov. 27 and grabbed a career-best seven rebounds at Iowa on Feb. 25.

?I?ve enjoyed my two years here and leave with a lot of great memories,? Colbert said. ?I want to thank my teammates, coaches, fans and the Orange Krush for all their support.?