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After playing only sparingly in 2 seasons at IU, Damezi Anderson is looking to transfer

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: JAN 15 Indiana at Rutgers
IU forward Damezi Anderson passes during a game at Rutgers on Jan. 15.
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Damezi Anderson is on his way out of the Indiana basketball program.

Anderson announced Thursday that he has entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal, an unsurprising development given that the rising junior played only sparingly during his first two seasons with the program.

“Never thought I’d ever do this,” Anderson wrote in a message posted to his Instagram. “I want to say thank you to my Brothers, all the managers and the coaching staff for allowing me to be a part of an amazing University. I want to thank Lo for pushing me to be the best version of myself in the classrooms and actually seeing something in me that wasn’t just basketball. I am Thankful for everything she has done for me. I want to Thank everyone who supported me and followed me through this process, I appreciate it more than anything.

“After some long talks and coming to an agreement as a family, we feel that entering the Transfer Portal is what’s best for us.”

After appearing in 15 of IU’s first 17 games, Anderson played in only three games after Jan. 15. The South Bend native logged only two minutes of action across the final month of the season, staying on the bench in each of Indiana’s last seven games.

Should he go forward with a transfer, Anderson will finish his IU career with 82 points in 39 games. The 3-point stroke that helped earn him acclaim as a high school prospect never materialized at Indiana, where he shot 23 percent from beyond the arc in his two seasons.

His departure means that Indiana will have two available scholarships for the 2020-21 season. One of those could go to 2021 commit Khristian Lander, who is working to reclassify and join IU in the fall.