Dec. 1, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. -- University of Oklahoma head men's basketball coach Lon Kruger announced today that sophomore guard Calvin Newell has decided to transfer.
Newell, from Philadelphia, Pa., was OU's second-leading scorer this season at 13.0 points per game.
"I met with Coach Kruger this morning and told him I've been dealing with issues regarding my family the past few months and that I've felt distracted lately," said Newell. "I feel I need to get back closer to home and that's why I've made this decision."
Newell added, "I like this team a lot and I know they'll do well. I'll be cheering them on."
"We'll definitely miss Calvin," said Kruger. "He's been a key contributor this season and a guy who's scored the basketball for us. However, I respect his decision and the issues he's facing, and certainly wish him the best."
In addition to his 13.0 points, Newell averaged 1.6 rebounds in 19.6 minutes per contest in OU's five games this season, helping the team to a 4-1 start. He shot .490 from the field (25-for-51), .385 from 3-point range (10-for-26) and .714 from the free throw line (5-for-7).
Newell led the Sooners in scoring twice this year, finishing with a career-high 19 points in the season opener against Idaho State and 18 points in last week's win over Washington State in OU's first game of the 76 Classic.
As a freshman last year, Newell averaged 3.5 points and 1.5 assists in 12.5 minutes a game.