Illinois State announced Wednesday freshman point guard Nic Moore has been granted his release and will transfer from the program.
Moore started 29 games and averaged 10 points, 3.9 assists and 2.3 rebounds as a freshman. He was named to the Missouri Valley's all-freshman team.
Moore is allowed to transfer to any BCS program.
Moore was recruited by former Illinois State coach Tim Jankovich, who recently departed for SMU. Dan Muller was named Illinois State's coach on Monday.
"As soon as coach Jankovich left, I made up my mind and knew I wanted to go play for a BCS program," Moore said in a statement. "It didn't matter who was going to be the head coach. My decision had already been made."
Muller had no hard feelings over Moore's transfer.
"As a proud alumnus and new head coach here at Illinois State, I appreciate all Nic did for this program on-and-off the court," Muller said in a statement. "I have really enjoyed getting to know Nic over the past couple of days and wish him nothing but the best of luck."
Moore played at Warsaw High School and was the runner-up in Indiana's Mr. Basketball voting in 2011.