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Kale Abrahamson will leave Northwestern, doesn’t rule out return to Iowa

[ 0 ] March 17, 2014 |

Kale Abrahamson says he doesn’t know where his college basketball career will end but he knows one place it won’t — Northwestern.

The former West Des Moines Valley star said Monday that he’s transferring after two seasons with the Wildcats.

“I kind of have a vision for where I want to go with basketball,” he said. “And I just thought that this would be the right decision to take me there.”

Abrahamson, a sophomore forward, appeared in all 65 of Northwestern’s games the last two seasons, including 28 starts.

He averaged 4.9 points per game as a freshman, and saw that dip to 3.8 as a sophomore.

“We are appreciative of all of his efforts during his time at Northwestern and wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors,” Northwestern coach Chris Collins said in a statement released by the school.

Abrahamson said he had been mulling a change during the season.

“It really was a fun year for me,” he said. “It was kind of weird tryiing to balance thinking about what will I do next year with trying to play this season.”

Abrahamson said he felt like he could offer more to another team.

Northwestern was by far last in the Big Ten Conference in scoring offense at 59.5 points per game.

“I think I could do more on the offensive end and kind of really expand my role there,” he said.

Abrahamson was a two-time Des Moines Sunday Register All-State selection, earning first-team honors in 2012.

Abrahamson received his signed letter of release on Monday. He would not divulge possible destinations, but didn’t rule out a return to Iowa.

“I definitely don’t have anything against coming home,” he said. “I have a lot of friends and loved ones here in Iowa, and I think it’d be great to play in front of all those people all the time.”

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