U.K. coach Tubby Smith says freshman guard Joe Crawford has left Kentucky and will transfer. Smith doesn't say where Crawford might go. 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.
Crawford has averaged 13.3 minutes a game for No. 9 Kentucky (10-2), 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. He averaged 3.8 points and 2.4 rebounds per game.
Since he left before the start of the spring semester, he will be eligible to play for another Division One school next January. However, a new NCAA rule requires a player to stay at least one year at the school at which he signs a letter of intent. Since Crawford did not fullfill that requiement, he will most likely lose an extra year of eligibility and be a second semester junior when he returns to the court.
Hopkinsville native Ravi Moss and Bobby Perry are expected to pick up the playing time vacated by Crawford.