Alex Illikainen leaves Wisconsin men’s basketball program

November 14, 2018


Senior Alex Illikainen has left the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball program, the team announced Monday afternoon.

Illikainen will remain enrolled in school, according to a news release.

The 6-foot-9 forward didn’t play in the Badgers’ 85-63 season-opening home win over Coppin State last Tuesday. Twelve UW players appeared in the blowout, including walk-ons Michael Ballard and Walt McGrory, but Illikainen remained on the bench.

Illikainen averaged 1.5 points and 1.3 rebounds while appearing in 85 games during his career, all as a reserve. His playing time decreased each season, going from 9.8 minutes per game in 33 appearances as a freshman to 8.3 in 27 games as a sophomore to 6.8 in 25 games as a junior.

Illikainen is the second member of UW’s five-man recruiting class to leave the program. Forward Andy Van Vliet transferred to William & Mary following the 2017-18 season.

“We wish Alex luck as he continues to pursue earning his degree from the University of Wisconsin in May,” UW coach Greg Gard said in a statement. “We also want to thank him for his efforts during his three-plus years with our program.”

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