Crawford to transfer, citing lack of playing time

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Freshman guard Joe Crawford has left Kentucky and will transfer, citing playing time as the primary reason for deciding to leave the program.

ESPN.com's Pat Forde reported the story Monday night.

Kentucky coach Tubby Smith -- who met with Crawford's parents, Joseph and Sylvia, on Monday -- said Tuesday that he didn't know where Crawford planned to go.

"We're certainly disappointed that Joe chose to transfer,"
Smith said. "He has been given his release. We all wish him the
best wherever he decides to continue his collegiate career and his
college studies. We certainly enjoyed him."

Crawford was unavailable for comment. A phone message left for
Crawford on Tuesday afternoon at his parents' home in Detroit wasn't
immediately returned.

Crawford, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound player from Detroit, was one of
three McDonald's All-Americans in the Wildcats' freshman class,
joining Randolph Morris and Rajon Rondo, both of whom have started all season.

"He's a kid that will do well wherever he goes," Smith said.
"But whenever someone leaves in those situations, it's an
opportunity for someone else to step up and contribute."

Crawford averaged 3.8 points and 2.4 rebounds in 13.3 minutes a
game for Kentucky (10-2, No. 10 ESPN/USA Today, No. 9 AP), but his playing time diminished in
the Wildcats' two most recent games. He played four minutes in a
win over South Carolina and a season-low three minutes in a loss to No. 2 Kansas on Sunday.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.