Center Peter Jurkin to transfer from Indiana

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BLOOMINGTON – He came to the Hoosiers’ program as one of those players who hoped continue a recently rebuilt Indiana basketball program.

But in the end, injuries kept Peter Jurkin from finding major playing time. Now he’ll try to find it somewhere else.

On Saturday head coach Tom Crean announced that Jurkin will seek a transfer from the program after spending two seasons in Bloomington. He is the sixth player to leave the program for either pro basketball or transfer.

“Peter has indicated his desire to try and find a program where he can get on the court more,” said Crean in a statement released through the university. “He has had an uphill battle health-wise since he arrived.  He believes he can get to a point where he can contribute at a level greater than what he is able to do here.

“Our priority is that he can obtain his education and he always is welcome to do that and be part of our program at IU.”

Jurkin played in just 11 games in two seasons with the Hoosiers, seeing the floor for 18 total minutes as injuries kept the center from South Sudan from getting on track from a basketball perspective. A pair of free throws this past season were his only points and he grabbed four rebounds over the two seasons.

The center, however, took care of business in the classroom as he earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.

“I want to thank Coach Crean and everyone on the staff for helping me through my injuries and the death of my father,” said Jurkin in a statement released by the university. “I will always consider myself a Hoosier and think it is best if I look at another opportunity to pursue my education and continuing my playing career.

“Physically, I still have work to do but will hopefully be up to the challenge.”