Lutz, Uchendu to transfer closer to home

Updated: April 4, 2007, 10:44 AM ET
Associated Press

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Guard Chris Lutz and 6-foot-11 center Johnathan Uchendu have decided to leave Purdue and transfer to schools closer to their hometowns.

Lutz started 24 of 28 games during his freshman season in 2005-06, averaging 9.2 points. But he started only 10 games last season, averaging 6.1 points while leading the Big Ten in 3-point shooting at 47 percent.

He scored a season-high 16 points during Purdue's 72-63 victory over Arizona in the NCAA Tournament's first round. The Boilermakers ended the season at 22-12 with a second-round loss to Florida.

Lutz, of Bedford, N.H., said Tuesday his decision had nothing to do with playing time and that he enjoyed being at Purdue.

"This is something I've been thinking about for a long time," Lutz said. "When I was being recruited, I didn't think being far from home would be that important. But last summer, it really hit me."

Uchendu, a freshman from Little Rock, Ark., was suspended for the final three regular season games after his arrest in February on suspicion of public intoxication. Uchendu averaged 1.8 points and one rebound in 27 games.

"Chris and Johnathan have both decided that they would like to get closer to home," coach Matt Painter said in a statement. "We wish them nothing but the best in the future and will help them any way we can."

Neither player has yet said which school he will attend.


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