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Lutz, Uchendu to transfer closer to home

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Guard Chris Lutz and 6-foot-11
center Johnathan Uchendu have decided to leave Purdue and transfer
to schools closer to their hometowns.

Lutz started 24 of 28 games during his freshman season in
2005-06, averaging 9.2 points. But he started only 10 games last
season, averaging 6.1 points while leading the Big Ten in 3-point
shooting at 47 percent.

He scored a season-high 16 points during Purdue's 72-63 victory
over Arizona in the NCAA Tournament's first round. The Boilermakers
ended the season at 22-12 with a second-round loss to Florida.

Lutz, of Bedford, N.H., said Tuesday his decision had nothing to
do with playing time and that he enjoyed being at Purdue.

"This is something I've been thinking about for a long time,"
Lutz said. "When I was being recruited, I didn't think being far
from home would be that important. But last summer, it really hit
me."

Uchendu, a freshman from Little Rock, Ark., was suspended for
the final three regular season games after his arrest in February
on suspicion of public intoxication. Uchendu averaged 1.8 points
and one rebound in 27 games.

"Chris and Johnathan have both decided that they would like to
get closer to home," coach Matt Painter said in a statement. "We
wish them nothing but the best in the future and will help them any
way we can."

Neither player has yet said which school he will attend.