Armelin was reportedly unhappy with his usage during his time with the Gophers, and is hoping that head coach Donnie Tyndall's more wide open offensive style will offer more opportunities. "Coach really likes my style of play, and he figures that I'll be a perfect match in his system," Armelin said.
The 6-foot-3 guard from Sulphur, Louisiana averaged 5.2 points as a sophomore and 4.4 points per game as a freshman for Minnesota and head coach Tubby Smith. He will have two full years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2012-13 season.
"Chip has been a valuable part of our program for the past two seasons," coach Tubby Smith said in a statement released by the university.
"He has done everything we have asked of him and we are grateful for his contributions to this program on and off of the court. We are sad that he has elected to leave but certainly want to wish him the very best."
Armelin, 21, averaged 5.9 points and 2.3 rebounds per game this season for the NIT runners up.
Minnesota Golden Gophers sophomore guard Chip Armelin is seeking to transfer to a new school, according to a recent report. That would open up a scholarship for Trevor Mbakwe or possibly former Hopkins High School standout Trent Lockett.