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Eyeing IU

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Bobby Capobianco puts up a shot against Bryant center Papa Lo in 2009.

Forward to leave IU

Forward Bobby Capobianco is leaving the Indiana basketball team and will transfer to another university, coach Tom Crean announced in a statement Friday.

Capobianco, a 6-foot-9, 235-pound junior, averaged 1.7 points and two rebounds in two seasons with the Hoosiers.

"Bobby has decided to go for a fresh start and transfer to a school where he can have three years to play two." Crean said in a news release. "He has indicated he would like the opportunity to find a program where he can get more playing time and continue his education. We will help him accomplish this move in any way that we can, and we all really want to see Bobby be successful. My hope is that he finds a school like Indiana, that puts a prominent emphasis in academics as it does in basketball, as he has done an excellent job here in the classroom. He will be an asset to whatever program he chooses and we wish him the best as he moves to this next stage in life."

Capobianco played in 57 games for IU, averaging 9.4 minutes. He started five games as a freshman, playing in 31 games and averaging 2.3 points and 2.6 rebounds in 11.9 minutes per game.

Capobianco's playing time and production dropped last season as he played in 26 games without a start and averaged one point and 1.2 rebounds in 6.3 minutes per game.

Capobianco, who was named to the All-Big Ten academic team last season, is enrolled for the first summer school session and will complete his courses in mid-June before transferring.

"I thoroughly enjoyed my time here at Indiana, but I want to look for an opportunity to further my basketball and academic career at another institution," Capobianco said in the release. "I value the experience that I have had here and appreciate everything the coaches and basketball staff have done for me. I am looking forward to this new chapter, and will always have very strong feelings for my teammates, coaches and everyone associated with IU."

Capobianco's decision comes two days after IU signed Remy Abell, a 6-4, 197-pound guard from Eastern High School in Louisville, Ky. Abell orally committed to the program in April and joins next season's signing class that includes forwards Cody Zeller and Austin Etherington.