Sources: Crawford Tells Staff He's Leaving

According to sources close to the situation, freshman guard Jordan Crawford told the IU basketball coaching staff today that he intends to transfer to another school...

Bloomington – And then there were none.

According to sources close to the situation, freshman guard Jordan Crawford told the IU basketball coaching staff today that he intends to transfer to another school. Indiana is expected to release him from his scholarship, although there could be stipulations about which programs he'd be allowed to transfer to this fall.

Crawford was IU's fourth-leading scorer a year ago at 9.7 points per game and also averaged 3.4 rebounds a 2.3 assists.

Crawford was the final scholarship player on the IU roster who was signed by former Coach Kelvin Sampson. Since the season came to a close, Armon Bassett, Jamarcus Ellis, Brandon McGee and DeAndre Thomas were dismissed from the squad, which Eli Holman decided to transfer to Detroit.

That left Crawford as one of only two scholarship players remaining from last year's team, along one time walk-on Kyle Taber. Now, Taber and walk-on Brett Finkelmeier are the only two players back from last year's team that went 25-8. They'll be joined by the six signees in the 2008 class (Matt Roth, Tom Pritchard, Devon Dumes, Tijan Jobe, Nick Williams and Verdell Jones), three walk-ons (Kory Barnett, Daniel Moore and Broderick Lewis) and one transfer (Jeremiah Rivers).

It's unclear where Crawford will transfer to for his final three years of eligibility. His brother, Joe, played at Kentucky, but Indiana might not grant his release to play for the Wildcats since they are on IU's schedule. Crawford's Detroit roots, meanwhile, could make Ray McCallum's Detroit program a possibility as well.


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