April 5, 2011
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IOWA CITY, Iowa – – University of Iowa Head Men’s Basketball Coach Fran McCaffery announced today that sophomore point guard Cully Payne has asked for and has been granted a release from his scholarship.
“We appreciate Cully’s hard work and contributions to the Iowa basketball program the last two years,” said McCaffery. “We are thankful for Cully that he has been able to make a full recovery from his injury and wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.”
Payne started the first 37 games of his career, before suffering a season-ending sports hernia injury after playing the first five games this past season. The native of Schaumburg, Ill., averaged eight points and 3.8 assists while wearing a Hawkeye uniform.
“I’m extremely thankful to the University and Hawkeye fans that have been supportive,” said Payne. “My family and I felt like this decision was best for me moving forward. I truly appreciate the experience I was offered and wish my teammates nothing but the best in the future.”