Rowley leaves Wildcats for playing time

Sophomore center Kyle Rowley has decided to transfer from Northwestern, the team announced on Tuesday.

"Kyle has chosen to seek another program where he can receive more playing time," Northwestern coach Bill Carmody said in a statement. "We wish Kyle nothing but the best in his future endeavors."

Rowley saw limited minutes this past season and averaged 2.0 points and 2.3 rebounds. He suffered a foot injury in the summer and struggled to return to form throughout the season. He had his best game in the NIT against Rhode Island as he had seven points, eight rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes.

He played in 61 career games and averaged 2.8 points, 2.0 rebounds and 11.2 minutes.

His departure diminishes Northwestern's frontcourt depth. At 7-foot and 280 pounds, Rowley was one of Northwestern's true big men.

The Wildcats are expected to return forwards Kevin Coble and Jeff Ryan after season-long injuries this past season. They combined for 6.5 rebounds during the 2008-09 season.

Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at spowers@espnchicago.com.