Two freshmen on the Iowa men's basketball team have announced plans to leave.

Chicago, Illinois native Brandon Hutton and Nashville, Tennessee's/Oak Hill Academy's Andrew Fleming both told Coach Fran McCafferty they will not be returning next season. The University of Iowa Sports Information Department issued press releases concerning both transfers.

The Hutton transfer announcement came first, with Brandon saying, “I would like to thank coach McCaffery and staff for this past year. Even though I redshirted and did not play in games, my coaches and teammates helped me grow as a basketball player in practices. With that said, I feel like it is in my best interests to pursue an expanded role at another institution.“

Iowa men's coach Fran McCaffery offered support with his words, "Brandon is a terrific individual who remained positive and worked on his game all season long. He is a versatile player, who is ultra-competitive, and we wish nothing but the best for Brandon moving forward. My staff and I will do whatever we can to help Brandon during this transition.”

Andrew Fleming, who played in 11 games and averaged 2.2 points and one assist is also leaving the program. Fleming commented, “I would like to thank my teammates for the friendship we developed and their support with this decision. And also, a special thank you to the Hawkeye fans for making me feel welcome this past year.”

In the same release, Iowa men's coach Fran McCaffery said, “We appreciate the contributions that Andrew made to our team this past season. Andrew has a bright future, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.’’

With Hutton and Fleming departing, Iowa has two open scholarships for the 2016-17 season. We're betting Nicholas Baer

[VIA-QCTimes and University of Iowa Sports Information Department]