Kentucky basketball recruit is heading to Michigan

KYLE BIRMINGHAM, Kentucky (AP) A Kentucky basketball recruit who was dismissed from the Wildcats for domestic violence allegations has transferred to Michigan, the school announced Monday.

The Kentucky Athletic Department said the player will transfer to Kent State University.

A release from Kent State’s athletics department said the transfer was “in the best interest of the University and the entire student-athlete family.”

Kentucky announced Monday that it has terminated its relationship with the former player, who is a former player and a former assistant coach.

He was arrested in March and accused of battery after allegedly striking his ex-girlfriend in the head.

The two broke up.

Kentucky athletic director Scott Stricklin says he was unaware of the player’s status until Tuesday.

The coach was not named in the release.

The player, whose name was not released, is a 6-foot-9, 205-pounder who played at Kent State from 2014 to 2018.

Kent State, which plays in the NCAA tournament, announced on Friday that it was pulling its 2017-18 season-opener against Connecticut due to the arrest.

KentState coach John Thompson III said on the school’s website that the player “has not been able to come back to campus and play at any level for us.”

Kent State’s athletic director says the school “has no comment” about the arrest of the former basketball player.