Tag:Crandall Head
Posted on: December 27, 2011 1:35 pm
Edited on: December 27, 2011 1:38 pm

Sophomore guard Crandall Head leaves Illinois

By Jeff Borzello

With only hours remaining until Big Ten play begins for Illinois, the Fighting Illini have a last-minute roster adjustment.

Sophomore guard Crandall Head has left the basketball program and will look to transfer, Paul Klee of The News-Gazette first reported.

“I’m just looking for a fresh start,” Head told Klee. “I mean, I wanted to stay. But I just can’t do it anymore. I didn’t feel like it was the right place for me.”

Head, a 6-foot-4 guard and the brother of Luther Head, was suspended four games earlier this season for a violation of team rules. He then returned against Lipscomb, but then did not play during the team’s trip to Cancun for two games after getting in Bruce Weber’s doghouse once again.

“I love the school. I love the atmosphere,” he said. “I love everything about it. But when you get there, things start to change.”

Head has played in the eight games since, but has only totaled six points on 3-for-14 shooting from the field. Overall this season, he was averaging 1.0 point and 1.0 assist in 9.2 minutes, shooting 23.5 percent from the field.

The Fighting Illini shouldn’t miss him too much. Weber has plenty of perimeter options, with D.J. Richardson, Brandon Paul and Sam Maniscalco all entrenched in the starting lineup. Joseph Bertrand and Tracy Abrams have been consistent options off the bench.

Illinois is 11-2 this season, including a win over Gonzaga.

Photo: US Presswire

Posted on: November 2, 2011 2:55 pm

Illinois suspends Crandall Head four games

By Jeff Goodman

Luther Head's little brother has been suspended for the first four games of the season for the good old "violation of team rules."

Illinois put out a statement this afternoon.

Crandall Head, a 6-foot-4 sophomore, missed Tuesday's exhibition and will miss another exhibition game next week. Then he'll miss the opener against Loyola on Nov. 11 and a Nov. 14 contest against SIU-Edwardsville.

So, in essence, Head won't really miss anything meaningful, anyway.

Except for an opportunity to stay out of Bruce Weber's doghouse.

Head will play sparingly, anyway, perimeter guys Brandon Paul, D.J. Richardson and Bradley one-year transfer Sam Maniscalco. Freshman Tracy Abrams is also likely ahead of Head on Weber's depth chart as well.

Head averaged 1.4 points per game in just 6.1 minutes a year ago.

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