Illinois sophomore guard Crandall Head has left the team and will transfer, coach Bruce Weber announced Tuesday.

CHAMPAIGN -- Illinois sophomore guard Crandall Head has left the team and will transfer, coach Bruce Weber announced Tuesday.


The younger brother of former Illini guard Luther Head, Crandall Head saw action in nine games this season. Remarkably athletic, Head still needed to develop his basketball skills to create himself a bigger role on the team.


"We are disappointed with Crandall's decision not to continue his career at Illinois, but ultimately we want what is best for him,” Weber said in a statement released by the athletic department. "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 averaged 1 point and 9.2 minutes this season, and ESPN reported that he will transfer to UNLV.


"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 in a statement. "I want to thank the program and fans for the all the support they gave me during my time in Champaign.”


Illinois plays Minnesota on Tuesday night in the Big Ten Conference opener.


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