UH guard Caleb Mills opts to transfer and leave the Cougars program

Houston's Caleb Mills (2) drives the ball against East Carolina during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Greenville, N.C., Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker) (Karl B DeBlaker, Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

HOUSTON – University of Houston sophomore guard Caleb Mills has chosen to transfer for personal reasons and will no longer compete with the Cougars.

Head coach Kelvin Sampson made the announcement prior to Wednesday’s game against American Athletic Conference rival Wichita State in Houston.

“I am grateful to coach Sampson, my coaches and teammates for the opportunities in Houston,” Mills said. “This decision allows me to play closer to home and is best for me and my family.”

“We thank Caleb for his contributions to our program during his time at Houston and wish him and his family the best in the future,” Sampson said.

Mills competed in 35 games during his Houston career with seven starts. The Arden, N.C., native averaged 12.8 points per game while hitting 78.0 percent of his free throws.

In 2020-21, Mills averaged 9.8 points and 1.3 rebounds in four games.