NU's Turner to take leave of absence

Northwestern redshirt sophomore forward Mike Turner is taking a leave of absence from the team due to personal reasons, the school announced Sunday.

Turned, who is from Chicago, played in all 32 games for the Wildcats as a redshirt freshman last season. He started three games and averaged 1.9 points and 2.0 rebounds.

“Mike will take some time away from the program to focus on aspects of his life other than basketball," Northwestern coach Chris Collins said in a statement. “He has our complete support and we will revisit his status within the program once the time is appropriate."

The Wildcats went 13-19 overall and 4-14 in the Big Ten last season. The Wildcats will return 11 players from last year’s roster.