Report: McCroskey leaving Orange

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Junior Louie McCroskey has received a release from his basketball scholarship and will transfer to another school, said a published report Wednesday.

McCroskey has one year of eligibility remaining at Syracuse but has been discontented playing for the Orange.

McCroskey asked for and received his release last month and is looking to transfer to Iona, Manhattan or Marist to be closer to home, Oliver Antigua, his high school coach at St. Raymond's in the Bronx, told The Post-Standard of Syracuse.

"He's looking for a new start," Antigua told the newspaper. "He wants to start fresh. He wants to start a new chapter in his life. He appreciates the time he had at Syracuse. But I don't think he'd appreciate the role he'd be given going back there [next year]. He felt it would be a good time to depart."

McCroskey's three-year SU career ends after 96 games and 21 starts. He averaged 4.4 points in 16.1 minutes per game and was part of back-to-back Big East Tournament championship teams.

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim had no comment on McCroskey's decision to transfer, calling it a private matter.

McCroskey, who began the season as a starter, had a contentious relationship with his coach. In February, the two were involved in a much-publicized locker room incident following an overtime win at Rutgers in which McCroskey played only three minutes. McCroskey left the team for a week of practices and missed Syracuse's 73-50 loss at Connecticut.