Lickliter makes it official: 4 Iowa Players leaving team
|Coach Lickliter confirmed at an afternoon press conference today what many have been speculating for days. Jake Kelly, Jeff Peterson, David Palmer and Jermain Davis have all asked and been granted their release from the Iowa Basketball program.|
Kelly, an Indiana native, is expected to transfer to a school closer to his home, most likely Indiana State. His mother passed away in a plane accident last summer and that appears to be the driving cause for Kelly's desire to play closer to home.
Peterson has been rumored to be looking into playing for Missouri State in his hometown of Springfield, Mo. Lickliter confirmed that Peterson had asked to leave Iowa and wants to play for a school where he has a more prominent role.
David Palmer will be graduating after the conclusion of the spring semester and has decided not to continue playing for the Hawkeyes.
Jermain Davis, as was reported earlier in the week, will transfer to Division II Minnesota State-Mankato. He had been quoted as saying he did not understand his role with this year's Hawkeyes and didn't like Iowa's style of play.
Lickliter also said the plans for the team to travel overseas in May for games is still on and the remaining 7 Hawkeyes are all expected to make the trip. That would be Anthony Tucker, Matt Gatens, Aaron Fuller, Jarryd Cole, Devan Bawinkel, Andrew Brommer, and John Lickliter.