Story Plans to Transfer

Bloomington – Freshman guard Malik Story has informed the IU coaching staff that he plans to transfer from Indiana at the end of the semester so that he can be closer to home...

Bloomington – Freshman guard Malik Story has informed the IU coaching staff that he plans to transfer from Indiana at the end of the semester so that he can be closer to home.

The Bloomington Herald Times reported this evening that Story made the decision after spending time with his family over spring break. In a prepared statement, IU Coach Tom Crean confirmed that the Los Angeles, Cal., product won't be back next fall.

"I support Malik and his family's decision to go to a school that is closer to home," Crean said. "As a parent, I understand the need to be close to family. We have encouraged Malik to continue to take advantage of getting his individual workouts in with our team and to utilize the academic support system he has here at Indiana until the end of the semester."

Story averaged 5.9 points and 2.3 rebounds in 31 games last season. He started three times and averaged 17.9 minutes.

"I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to play basketball at Indiana," Story said in a prepared statement. "I have a tremendous amount of love and admiration for Coach Crean, the assistant coaches and my teammates. This was a very emotional decision for me, but I am blessed to have a tremendous support system in my family at home and I want to be able to share my collegiate experiences with them."

Story's departure clears up a scholarship situation that was a bit muddied after IU signed six players in the fall, putting them one over the NCAA limit of 13 scholarship players. Story's departure brings Indiana back down to the 13-man limit.

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