Crawford, 'extremely versatile' ex-Indiana guard, transfers to Xavier

Former Indiana guard Jordan Crawford has transferred to Xavier, the Musketeers announced Monday.

The 6-foot-4 Crawford played 30 games as a freshman last season, starting eight and averaging 9.7 points and 3.4 rebounds for the Hoosiers.

"Jordan Crawford is an exceptionally talented player," Xavier coach Sean Miller said in a statement. "He is extremely versatile, which will allow him to play with numerous combinations of players on the floor. He is also a great competitor that has proven himself against the best competition at the highest level of college basketball."

Xavier has advanced to the NCAA tournament or NIT in 20 of 24 seasons, earning berths in the Elite Eight twice, including last season's 76-57 loss to UCLA. The Musketeers finished the 2007-08 season at 30-7.

Crawford helped the Hoosiers finish 25-8 overall and earn a spot in the NCAA tournament. He scored in double figures 15 times, including a career-high 21 at Northwestern and 20 against Kentucky in a pair of wins.

The Hoosiers' roster has been depleted with transfers and dismissals since last spring's departure of former coach Kelvin Sampson amid a phone-call scandal.

A.J. Ratliff left the team during the season, and since then, Indiana also lost D.J. White, Mike White, Lance Stemler and Adam Ahlfeld through graduation, and Eric Gordon through early entry in the NBA draft. Also, Eli Holman decided to leave, and coach Tom Crean either dismissed or refused to reinstate Brandon McGee, DeAndre Thomas, Armon Bassett and Jamarcus Ellis.

The only returning players still on the roster are forward Kyle Taber, who started four games and averaged 1.3 points, and walk-on guard Brett Finkelmeier, who totaled two points in 11 minutes all season.

At Xavier, Crawford will join point guard Terrell Holloway, a prep player who initially committed to Indiana but changed his mind after Sampson resigned.

Holloway averaged 14 points last season for Harmony Prep School in Cincinnati.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.