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Flowers takes temporary medical leave from Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin senior guard Michael Flowers is
going on a temporary leave of absence for medical reasons, the
university announced Thursday.

Flowers started all 36 games last season, averaged 7.2 points
and led the team in assists (105) and steals (58). He was selected
to the Big Ten all-defensive team.

A news release from the athletic department said Flowers and his
family did not wish to comment.

"The important thing is that Michael knows he has the support
of his coaches and teammates," coach Bo Ryan said in the release.
"We hope that everyone will respect Michael's privacy."

Brian Lucas, assistant director of athletic communications, said
Thursday evening the university would have no comment beyond the
announcement.