Iowa Hawkeyes forward Jack Nunge (2) dunks the ball against the Iowa State Cyclones Friday, December 11, 2020 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. (Brian Ray/hawkeyesports.com)

IOWA CITY, Iowa - It didn't take long for Jack Nunge to find a new home after announcing on March 30 that he would be leaving the Iowa Basketball program. The veteran forward announced on Instagram Friday that he would be heading to Xavier. 

Nunge was Iowa’s leading scorer (7.1) and rebounder (5.3) off the bench in 22 games played in 2020-21. He started 19-of-60 games as a Hawkeye, averaging 6.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.7 blocks, and 0.5 steals.

Nearly 12 months after sustaining the first of two season-ending knee injuries, Nunge’s father (Dr. Mark Nunge) passed away unexpectedly at the age of 53 on Nov. 28, 2020. Nunge sustained a torn ACL on his right knee on Nov. 24, 2019, versus Cal Poly. He suffered a torn meniscus of the same knee in Iowa’s road game at Michigan on Feb. 25, 2021.

“After long consideration, I have made the difficult decision to transfer following this semester,” Nunge said in a UI press release last month. “This has been an incredibly emotional and difficult year for me and my family. I want to transfer to a school closer to home so I can be near my mother and siblings. I have nothing but fond memories of the University of Iowa, my teammates, coaches and fans these past four years. I sincerely appreciate Hawkeye Nation’s overwhelming support during my time in Iowa City. I wish my teammates the best of luck in the future and appreciate everything the University of Iowa has done for me.”

Xavier is in Cincinnati, which is about 200 miles from his home in Newburgh, Ind. Iowa City is almost 450 miles away.