Indiana announced on Friday that freshman center Jeremiah April will transfer from the program. The school announced April’s departure in an official release.
“Jeremiah informed us earlier of his desire to seek a different situation for himself,” Indiana head coach Tom Crean said in the release. “He would like an increased role and we are not able to ensure him this would happen. Our hope is that he will reach his potential wherever he chooses to go.”
The 6-foot-11 April committed to Indiana last spring after attending Westwind Prep Academy in Arizona. He only appeared in four games during the 2014-15 season and played 17 total minutes, scoring six points and grabbing five rebounds.
“I want to thank Coach Crean and his staff for the opportunity and support and for helping me improve my game,” April said in the release. “My goal is to go somewhere I can have a bigger role. I’ll miss my teammates. They are a great group of guys. ”
The loss of April shouldn’t be too big for Indiana, as he was seen as a reach to begin with.
Indiana is looking for any kind of front court depth they can get and according to a report from Justin Albers of AllHoosiers.com, freshman center Jeremiah April is still walking around in a walking boot.
According to Albers, April was seen during Indiana’s football game over the weekend against Indiana State wearing the walking boot.
The 6-foot-10 center committed to Indiana in the month of April and missed the team’s exhibition trip to Canada due to the ankle injury. Albers reports that April was going through individual workouts recently and that the boot is likely a precautionary measure.
Indiana also added forwards Tim Priller and Emmitt Holt this spring and summer as they look for front court depth behind Hanner Mosque-Perea.
Luke Fischer, Peter Jurkin and Jeremy Hollowell all left the Indiana program in the last year and Noah Vonleh went to the NBA, so Indiana is looking for any big body that can give them minutes.
April likely isn’t a major contributor this season, but it doesn’t help that he has missed so much time with the injury in his first offseason with the Hoosiers.