Creighton’s Harrell transferring to Denver

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Ronnie Harrell is leaving Creighton to finish his career back home.

The 6-foot-7 now-former Bluejay is leaving Omaha to return to his hometown school, the University of Denver, to finish his career, he announced Wednesday.

“These past weeks I’ve been faced with making one of the toughest decisions of my life. I have talked with family, friends and all alike,” Harrell wrote on social media, “but most importantly I’ve struggled within and came to this decision myself as a man.

“I would also like to thank Coach (Greg) McDermott, as well as the former and current staff for giving me a platform and opportunity to develop and learn as a player and as  a man.

Nonetheless, I am excited and proud to be returning home, playing for coach (Rodney) Billups and representing my city of Denver during my last year of college.”

Harrell, a graduate of Denver East High School, averaged 25.4 minutes per game last season, posting 7.0 points and 6.3 rebounds per game for Creighton, which went 21-12 and lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

The Pioneers went 15-15 last season, with next year being the third under Billups.