Analysis: Thoughts on Jurkin leaving

Peter Jurkin's transfer Saturday means just one thing: Indiana is down to 11 scholarship players and has two openings heading into the 2014-15 season.

It's not like it was an announcement that surprised anyone.

Well, I take that back, Hanner Mosquera-Perea tweeted that he was surprised that his "big brother" was leaving IU.

Still, the announcement Saturday afternoon that Peter Jurkin will transfer in search of more playing time is one of those things that likely will not get much play outside of Indiana circles. And even then, it may not get noticed by many.

The problem is that because Jurkin was hampered by leg injuries long before he ever stepped on the IU campus, many Hoosier fans may be asking the ‘Peter who?' question today.

The reality is his playing time was limited as a freshman and was pretty much nonexistent last year when injuries kept him from practicing much less playing. Technically, he'll have a medical redshirt year available to him if he opts to go that way. He'll likely still have three years of eligibility remaining somewhere.

The sad thing is where does Jurkin go? Unless he gets healthy it doesn't matter where he ends up, he's not going to be able to play. And the nagging injuries have just been too much for him to overcome.

And then there's the reality that when he does get healthy he's still going to be a bit of a project. You feel bad for a good kid like Jurkin in this scenario but at the same time it was probably the best thing for everyone. It was the best thing for Jurkin because it didn't appear he would ever develop into a player who would be able to contribute at IU and now he can have a chance to play somewhere.

And it's good for Indiana because the Hoosiers will have another scholarship spot open to attract a player who can contribute. Will the Hoosiers be able to get someone before the start of the 2014-15 season? It's kind of late in the game./p>

But what IU does have now is an extra scholarship open in the upcoming class. As of today, IU has 11 players on scholarship. Two are juniors (Yogi Ferrell and Mosquera-Perea), four are sophomores (Troy Williams, Devin Davis, Collin Hartman and Stanford Robinson) and five freshmen (James Blackmon Jr., Robert Johnson, Max Hoefel, Jeremiah April and Tim Priller).

When you look at it from a total body of work though, IU has had a lot of movement since the end of last season.

Will Sheehey graduated and as Justin Albers reported today will play summer ball with the New York Knicks.

Jeremy Hollowell transferred to Georgia State and Austin Etherington transferred to Butler.

Noah Vonleh declared for the NBA Draft and was selected by Charlotte in the first round Thursday.

And IU lost a couple of walk-ons, too.

So it will be a much different looking IU basketball team next season as the five incoming freshmen will almost total as many as the six returning guys.

But what is the impact of today's decision by Jurkin?

Truthfully, it really doesn't change anything except that IU will have one more scholarship available if it needed it.

I'm guessing they'll just roll it over to next year but that will remain to be seen.

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