Crandall Head bound for DePaul

Former Illinois guard Crandall Head said Friday he plans to enroll into a Chicago-area junior college for the current semester and transfer to DePaul in the fall.

Head, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound shooting guard, left Illinois in late December after two seasons. He averaged 1.0 points, 0.6 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 9.2 minutes in nine games this season.

"I'm going to try to get into a junior college now," Head said. "I want to be somewhere close to home and get enough credits to get my associate's degree. If I get my associate's degree, I'll miss the first two games next year and play right away."

Head, who said he met with DePaul's coaches on campus Friday, will have two years of eligibility remaining at DePaul.

Head is unsure which Chicago-area junior college he will attend, but he said he will not play basketball for that school.

Head left Illinois because he said coach Bruce Weber's system didn't fit his game. Head believes DePaul's system will work for him.

"It's an up-tempo game," Head said. "They run the floor, get easy points in transition. I like their style of play. I like the coaches. I like the players. I know a couple of the players over there. I like that environment and being close to home."

Head was a highly-touted recruit for the Illini out of Rich South High School in Richton Park, Ill. He was ranked No. 79 in the Class of 2010 by ESPN Recruiting.

Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at spowers@espnchicago.com.