Indiana sophomore forward Bobby Capobianco is leaving the Hoosiers according to an IU release. It follows. More to come.
UPDATE: 4:42 p.m.: Still trying to get a hold of some additional sources on this, but for now, some notes on Capobianco’s IU career.
The 6-foot-9, 235-pounder finished his career at Loveland (Ohio) High School as the school’s all-time leading scorer, rebounder and shot blocker and was rated the No. 100 player in the Class of 2009 by ESPN.com. He had a steady reserve role as a freshman, averaging 2.4 points and 2.9 rebounds in 13.7 minutes per game. Though the Hoosiers were in even more need of help inside in his sophomore year, however. he didn’t even play in six of the Hoosiers 32 games and averaged 6.3 minutes per game in the rest, averaging 1.0 points and 1.2 rebounds. He committed 44 fouls in just 165 minutes, an average of more than 10 per 40 minutes.
Capobianco has two years of eligibility to bring with him as a transfer. The Hoosiers are one under the scholarship limit of 13 for the 2011-12 season and one over the limit for 2012-13. That does mean, however, that barring another addition, the Hoosiers will be able to sign all five of their 2012 verbal commitments in the fall period because of a Big Ten rule that allows for one oversign.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University men’s basketball coach Tom Crean has announced that forward Bobby Capobianco will leave the men’s basketball program and look to transfer to another institution where he can receive more playing time.
“Bobby has decided to go for a fresh start and transfer to a school where he can have three years to play two.” said Crean. “He has indicated he would like the opportunity to find a program where he can get more playing time and continue his education. We will help him accomplish this move in any way that we can and we all really want to see Bobby be successful. My hope is that he finds a school like Indiana, that puts a prominent emphasis in academics as it does in basketball, as he has done an excellent job here in the classroom. He will be an asset to whatever program he chooses and we wish him the best as he moves to this next stage in life.”
In two seasons, Capobianco averaged 1.7 points and 2.0 rebounds and was an Academic All-Big Ten honoree this past spring. He is currently enrolled in summer session and will complete those studies.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time here at Indiana, but I want to look for an opportunity to further my basketball and academic career at another institution.,” Capobianco said. “I value the experience that I have had here and appreciate everything the coaches and basketball staff have done for me. I am looking forward to this new chapter, and will always have very strong feelings for my teammates, coaches and everyone associated with IU.”