Illini's Crandall Head to transfer

Updated: December 27, 2011, 1:41 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

Sophomore guard Crandall Head has left the Illinois program and will transfer to another school.

The school announced Head's departure Tuesday afternoon.

"We are disappointed with Crandall's decision not to continue his career at Illinois, but ultimately we want what is best for him," Illini coach Bruce Weber said, according to the team's website. "We have developed and maintained a close relationship with Crandall and his family through the years and will always support them. We wish Crandall all the best and hope he is successful in the next chapter of his career."

Head, who said he is considering transferring to UNLV, averaged 1.0 points, 0.6 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 9.2 minutes in nine games this season. He was suspended four games, which included two exhibition games, to start the season.

"I still have love for my teammates and coaches and wish them the best, but I've come to the decision that I need to make a fresh start," Head said, according to the team's website. "I want to thank the program and fans for the all the support they gave me during my time in Champaign."

Reached earlier on Tuesday before his departure was announced, Head said Illinois' offense didn't fit his skills.

"I want to go somewhere they play my style of game and get a fresh start," Head said. "I don't feel like their offense fits me. It's a shooting offense. I'm not a shooter. I've worked on my shooting. I like to drive and play up-tempo."

"It's definitely a difficult decision. I've been thinking about it a while."

Head is the younger brother of former Illini star Luther Head.

Head, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound shooting guard, was a highly touted recruit for the Illini out of Rich South High School in Richton Park, Ill. He was ranked No. 79 in the Class of 2010 by ESPN Recruiting.

Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at spowers@espnchicago.com.

Scott Powers is the Blackhawks beat reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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