Monday , Oct , 25 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Badgers’ guard leaves team

Madison, WI (Sports Network) – Wisconsin junior guard Maurice “Boo” Wade
will take an indefinite leave of absence from the men’s basketball team,
Badgers head coach Bo Ryan announced on Monday.

“Boo and I have decided that he needs to step away from basketball to
concentrate on some personal issues,” said Ryan. “Boo needs time away from
basketball to get some things in order.”

Wade, who started 28 games last season, pleaded no contest in April to charges
of disorderly conduct and bail jumping following an incident with an ex-
girlfriend at an off-campus house last February.

The Milwaukee native reportedly choked the 19-year-old woman and was suspended
for two games. Wade was ordered to stay away from the alleged victim, but
continued to contact her, which led to the bail jumping charge.

Wade averaged 6.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 2003-04 and was
expected to vie for the Badgers’ starting point guard role this season.