Colton Christian explains his decision to leave the Michigan basketball program
Michigan basketball coach John Beilein extended banquet invitations to all three recent transfers.
But only one, former forward Colton Christian, opted to accept.
Christian was on hand Tuesday at the William Davidson Player Development Center to celebrate Michigan's 2011-12 season. And, despite his choice to leave the team, says he holds no bad feelings toward Michigan.
"We all have mutual respect for each other," Christian said. "They invited all of us to come back and I just thought it was the right thing to do."
Christian was one of three players, along with Evan Smotrycz and Carlton Brundidge, that decided to transfer last month.
The 6-foot-6 forward appeared in 47 games during his Wolverine career, averaging 4.3 minutes per game.
In the end, he said he chose to leave with hopes of finding more playing time elsewhere.
"(I wanted to) play more," he said. "I love the coaching staff and the players here, but (I'd like to) play more and they understood how I felt."
Christian said he plans to wait until the current semester is over to make a decision about where he'll play next.
He said he's heard from roughly 10 schools about a possible transfer, mostly mid- to high-mid-major programs. He opted not to name any specific programs, though.
Christian was brought on stage and recognized by Beilein with the team's other sophomores, and was even given a special mention by senior Stu Douglass during his farewell speech.
He's moving on in life, and will do so with no regrets.
"I just want to get more playing time, just really go somewhere that I feel that I can make an impact on the court," he said. "I felt like I helped the team a lot in practice here, but I'd like to take the next step and go play some more."
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