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Mr. Michigan Basketball finalist Lorne Bowman withdraws from Wisconsin over family matter

Associated Press
Lorne Bowman

Madison, Wis. — Wisconsin freshman guard Lorne Bowman has withdrawn from school as he deals with a family matter that already had caused him to take a leave of absence.

School officials announced Oct. 9 that Bowman had returned to his Metro Detroit home but was taking classes virtually. Wisconsin coach Greg Gard updated the situation this week, noting Bowman had withdrawn from the school. 

“We definitely support that decision and have kind of helped along the way with continuing to find the best path for him and his family as they deal with their situation at home,” Gard said.

“We’re still in communication. I talked to his dad just a few days ago.”

School officials haven’t specified the nature of Bowman’s family issue, but Gard noted “the situation he’s dealing with at home with his family has evolved to be more than I think he and all of us initially thought.”

Bowman, 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds, attended Orchard Lake St. Mary's. He was a finalist for Michigan's Mr. Basketball award.

Wisconsin is ranked seventh in the preseason Top 25. The Badgers’ haven’t released their 2020-21 schedule, so the date of their season opener remains uncertain.