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Tom Wilson leaves Boise State basketball team to pursue professional career in Australia

Tom Wilson averaged 1.6 points in 10 games for SMU this season. He played 4 minutes and did not score in a 71-62 loss to BSU on Nov. 30 at Taco Bell Arena, then transferred to Boise State in January before leaving the program.
Tom Wilson averaged 1.6 points in 10 games for SMU this season. He played 4 minutes and did not score in a 71-62 loss to BSU on Nov. 30 at Taco Bell Arena, then transferred to Boise State in January before leaving the program. SMU Athletics

Boise State men’s basketball player Tom Wilson, who transferred from SMU and enrolled at BSU on Jan. 20, will leave school to pursue a professional career in his native Australia, the team announced Wednesday.

Fox Sports initially reported Wilson’s intention to leave school.

Wilson, a 6-foot-4, 170 pound true freshman, left SMU’s program in December after stating a desire to transfer. He confirmed with the Idaho Statesman on Jan. 9 that he intended to enroll at Boise State and joined the team 12 days ago.

Though able to practice with the Broncos, Wilson would not have been eligible to play until the fall 2017 semester ended due to NCAA transfer rules. Wilson said he will leave Boise on Thursday.

“(It ) was hard being in a position where I wasn't going to play for a year. I just love the game way too much to spend that long out. I gave the decision a lot of thought with my family and decided that ultimately I wanted to start my professional career now,” Wilson told the Idaho Statesman. “I'm super excited in the direction it's going and can't wait to get started. I also can't thank Boise enough for giving me a second chance. Things didn't quite work out, but I will be forever grateful to John Rillie and Leon Rice for giving me another chance at college basketball.”

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