LEXINGTON KY - DECEMBER 11: Will Sheehey#10 and Bobby Capobianco #23 of the Indiana Hoosiers reach for a rebound during the game against the Kentucky Wildcats on December 11 2010 in Lexington Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Indiana forward Bobby Capobianco, who just completed his sophomore season, will be leaving the Hoosiers and will finish his college career elsewhere, according to IU beat writer Dustin Dopirak of the Herald-Times. Capobianco, 6-9 and from Loveland, Ohio, near Cincinnati, never broke into the rotation at IU. He averaged 12 minutes per game as a freshman and 6 per game as a sophomore, with scoring averages of 2.3 and 1.0, respectively. (This does get me closer to the end of my season in review series, by the way). Capobianco, as IU's release notes, was selected to the Academic All-Big Ten team this past season.
There will be lots of talk of "spring Creaning" and force-outs and all that, but Capobianco is precisely the sort of player who transfers. He was a bit of a stretch as a recruit, falling outside the top 150. Despite far from daunting competition on the roster, Capobianco could never regularly break into the rotation. If he couldn't take minutes away from Derek Elston
and Tom Pritchard
, it's even less likely that he would have taken minutes away from Cody Zeller or Hanner Perea.
Capobianco was the first commitment for the recruiting class of 2009 and represented IU very well during his time in Bloomington. Hopefully he will find a place where he can get a good education and play some meaningful minutes.
I should add that this brings IU's 2012 scholarship situation to plus-one. If, as has been rumored, Peter Jurkin reclassifies to 2013 and spends another year in prep school, then IU has enough scholarships for all of the 2012 commits. Still nothing for Gary Harris, however.