TULSA, OK - MARCH 20: D.J. Richardson #1 and Crandall Head #4 of the Illinois Fighting Illini react at the end of their 73-59 loss to the Kansas Jayhawks during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at BOK Center on March 20, 2011 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Crandall Head Transfer: Former Illini Guard Deciding Between DePaul, SMU

Former Illinois Fighting Illini guard Crandall Head is transferring. His choices appear to be between DePaul and SMU.

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Crandall Head Transfers To SMU, Eligibility Timetable Could Get Interesting

Former Illinois Fighting Illini guard Crandall Head left the Illinois program back in December of 2011, and on Thursday he decided to transfer to SMU, according to Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports. Head is the younger brother of former Illini star and NBA role player Luther Head, and he played his high school basketball at Rich South High School in Richton Park, Illinois.

Head never quite worked his way into the rotation at Illinois -- he appeared in 17 games as a freshman and nine games a sophomore -- and after flirting with the idea of going to DePaul he has apparently settled on joining an SMU program that recently hired Hall of Fame Coach Larry Brown.

Back in January of 2012, Jim O'Donnell of the Chicago Tribune noted that Head would be eligible to play at the start of the winter quarter in January 2013, but he would then likely only have a season and a half of eligibility remaining. If he waits until the start of the 2013-14 season, he then would have two full years of eligibility. The world of NCAA transfers is an odd place, so it's unclear how the NCAA will interpret the rules with regards to Head in this situation, but O'Donnell's analysis is at least a starting point in understanding Head's new circumstances at SMU.

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Crandall Head Transfer: SMU Visit On Tap For Former Illini Guard

Crandall Head, the younger brother of former Illinois Fighting Illini star Luther Head, was once a highly touted high school player, but after accepting a scholarship to play for Illinois, Head got lost in the Illini's guard glut and also struggled to recover a high school knee injury. Head is transferring from Illinois and will sit out all of next season. He's currently deciding what his next move will be.

Head said he was going to DePaul but has since backed out. While the guard says the Blue Demons are still an option, he's planning on taking a visit to SMU.

Why it's interesting: Jerrance Howard, the popular former Illini assistant who recruited Head to Champaign, is at SMU now.

From Scott Powers:

"Just talking to Jerrance, he’s telling me great things about the school, and I just want to see it for myself," Head said. "We’ve been talking since I left school. He’s still like family to me. I’ve known him for a long time. He’s just a good person. I trust him and what he’s telling me about the school."

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