Walk-On Harrison Niego leaving Indiana University

Indiana guard Harrison Niego (15) bats the ball from Illinois center Maverick Morgan (22) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at in Champaign, Ill., on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Heather Coit)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Freshman men’s basketball walk-on guard Harrison Niego has informed the IU coaching staff that he will look for an opportunity to earn a Division I scholarship elsewhere.

“We will miss Harrison, but I understand and we will support him fully and completely,” said IU Coach Tom Crean. “In our minds, he will always be part of our Hoosier family.  He did everything that we had asked of him and more.  He got better and made us better.”

Niego played in 25 games for the Hoosiers and, as injuries mounted for the IU backcourt, he played key minutes in team’s Big Ten title run.

“I certainly believe that he is a Division I player and we want to help him in any way we can to achieve his goal of earning a scholarship,” added Crean. “He will impact a program with his decision making, leadership, shooting and tenacity on defense and is a high character young man. He brings a tremendous work ethic and great energy to everything he does.”

Niego is from Western Springs, Illinois, and played at Lyons Township High School.

“Coming to IU and being part of the program has been one of the best experiences of my life,” Niego said. “After much thought, I have decided to look for opportunities that will allow me to have an expanded role on the court and one that will also pay for my education.  I’m indebted to Coach Crean and the staff for believing in my ability and inspiring me every day to get better and to my teammates who will always be like family.  It has been an honor to play FOR Indiana.”

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