Crean, Crawfords Make Statements on Departure

Bloomington – Jordan Crawford's family might wish Indiana University's basketball program well, but their son has still played his last basketball game in an IU uniform.

Bloomington – Jordan Crawford's family might wish Indiana University's basketball program well, but their son has still played his last basketball game in an IU uniform.

As HoosierNation.com first reported earlier this afternoon, Crawford informed IU Coach Tom Crean's staff today that he intended to transfer to another school. Jordan was unavailable for comment about his decision to leave, but the Crawford family did issue a statement.

"We are proud that our son Jordan has been a part of the Indiana University basketball program, one with a long and storied tradition of academic and athletic excellence," the statement read. "In Jordan's short career, he was able to show his desire to emulate these characteristics. However, due to unforeseen circumstances he has chosen to move in a new direction. He and our entire family wish Indiana University continued success."

After the dismissal of four players at season's end and the departure of Eli Holman, the IU staff was clearly hoping Crawford would remain on the team to lead a young squad in 2008-09. The 6'3" guard averaged 9.7 points and 2.3 assists as a freshman and appeared poised to be a primary scorer for the Hoosiers this fall.

But his situation appeared tenuous at best for weeks following the other departures. His decision leaves IU with only two players slated to return from last year's 25-8 squad – former walk-on Kyle Taber and current walk-on Brett Finkelmeier. They'll be joined by 10 newcomers – four scholarship freshmen (Verdell Jones, Nick Williams, Tom Pritchard and Matt Roth), two junior college transfers (Tijan Jobe and Devon Dumes), three walk-ons (Kory Barnett, Daniel Moore and Broderick Lewis) and on transfer (Jeremiah Rivers).

Crean also issued an abbreviated statement, confirming that the Crawford would be headed elsewhere.

"Jordan Crawford and his family informed us today that he will not return to Indiana University," the statement said.

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