It’s official – Keeling to transfer

The rumors that Indiana forward Xavier Keeling will transfer have turned out to be correct. Here’s an IU news release from this morning confirming the news:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. ­ Freshman forward Xavier Keeling has decided to leave the
Indiana Basketball program and pursue his college basketball career at another Division I institution, head coach Kelvin Sampson announced Wednesday. He will complete his spring semester coursework at IU before deciding on his transfer destination.

“We appreciate Xavier’s contributions and efforts this past season, Sampson said. “Xavier is a great young man with a bright future and we wish him nothing but the best.”

Keeling appeared in 22 games and averaged 8.2 minutes during the 2006-07 season. He posted 1.8 points and 1.1 rebounds per contest.

“I want to thank Coach Sampson, the coaching staff and my teammates,” Keeling said. “I really enjoyed my time in Bloomington. However, I feel it is in my best interests to explore other options at this point in my career.”


  1. I don’t think he got a fair chance to show his skills here.
    Maybe he didn’t show well in practice, I don’t know.
    But it’s a shame he’s leaving and I wish him well.

  2. He was a good player..but will be better in a different town..we need size and bullk..this is the Big10/ in this league..along with guards..guards..

  3. I don’t understand what IU fan means by he didn’t get a fair chance? He saw the court as a freshman. By transfering he is the one not giving himself a fair chance. What did you expect out of him or Sampson his freshmen year? 20- 30 minutes a game? If he stays he competes for playing time. Maybe he seen the minutes he wanted wouldn’t be available or atainable.

  4. It would not be smart to transfer. He will have to sit 2 out of 3 years (redshirted). He will also loose 1 year of eligibility. A player only has 5 years to complete 4. He will need 6 years to complete 4. He is making a huge mistake if he transfers.

  5. He will have to sit out next year, being a freshman in class, he will have 2 years remaining when he takes the court. It isn’t a mistake for him, a mistake is staying in a place you are not happy or comfortable.

  6. well I just wanted everyone to know that I’m doing very well in my soph. season thank you very much and I didnt have to sit out and will be on T.V. very soon!!!!!!!!!!

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