EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Chier Ajou, a second-year center on the Northwestern men’s basketball team, is transferring.

Coach Chris Collins made the announcement Tuesday and said Ajou had informed the school of his plans.

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A native of South Sudan, Ajou appeared in seven games as a true freshman in 2012-13 prior to undergoing season-ending knee surgery. He received a medical hardship waiver and played in one game this season, against UCLA on Nov. 29. He is a cousin of Luol Deng, the Chicago Bulls star who was traded this week to Cleveland.

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In 2012, Northwestern said the NCAA had cleared Ajou to play after there were reportedly some questions about his high school transcript. He played two years for Culver (Ind.) Academies before attending St. Thomas More School in Connecticut.

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