Niego leaves IU to pursue scholarship elsewhere #iubb

Harrison Niego turned down a handful of scholarship offers last spring to accept a walk-on opportunity at Indiana.

He produced more than expected in his role off the bench, but with IU’s backcourt set to crowd next season, Niego will look to spin that success into a scholarship situation elsewhere.

Indiana announced Niego’s plans to leave the program on Friday evening. It’s an unsurprising development given the Hoosiers’ plans to add three scholarship guards in next year’s recruiting class. IU will also have former Pittsburgh point guard Josh Newkirk eligible after he sat out last season due to NCAA transfer rules.

“Coming to IU and being part of the program has been one of the best experiences of my life,” Niego said in a statement. “After much thought, I have decided to look for opportunities that will allow me to have an expanded role on the court and one that will also pay for my education. I’m indebted to Coach Crean and the staff for believing in my ability and inspiring me every day to get better and to my teammates who will always be like family. It has been an honor to play for Indiana.”

Niego appeared in 25 games off the bench last season, often playing meaningful minutes for a team with only three scholarship guards available after James Blackmon Jr. suffered a season-ending ACL injury at the end of December. He averaged 4.4 minutes per game, scoring 11 total points, grabbing 15 rebounds and dishing six assists against four turnovers.

Although his time in Bloomington was brief, Niego made himself a part of program history when he hit the Hoosiers’ 19th 3-pointer in a win over Illinois in January. It set a new Big Ten record for most made in a conference game.

A native of Western Springs, Illinois, Niego played in the same Lyons Township High School program as former IU guard Nick Zeisloft.

Prior to taking the walk-on opportunity at IU, Niego held scholarship offers from North Dakota State, Illinois-Chicago and Northern Illinois. Niego also considered Ivy League schools Yale, Dartmouth and Cornell.

In a text message sent to The Herald-Times on Friday, Niego said he’s looking for a scholarship at a mid-major or smaller Division I school, “that fits my style of play and also has high academics.”

“I certainly believe that he is a Division I player and we want to help him in any way we can to achieve his goal of earning a scholarship,” IU coach Tom Crean said in a statement. “He will impact a program with his decision making, leadership, shooting and tenacity on defense and is a high character young man. He brings a tremendous work ethic and great energy to everything he does.”

Although Indiana must replace graduated point guard Yogi Ferrell next season, the Hoosiers have plenty of options. Robert Johnson could take on a bigger role as the initiator of the offense, while Newkirk provides IU with another natural point guard possibility. Blackmon is also expected back, and the program will welcome a pair of combo guards in four-star prospect Curtis Jones and three-star recruit Devonte Green, the brother of San Antonio Spurs forward Danny Green. Crown Point shooter Grant Gelon will also be in the mix.

“We will miss Harrison,” Crean said, “but I understand and we will support him fully and completely. In our minds, he will always be part of our Hoosier family. He did everything that we had asked of him and more. He got better and made us better.”


  1. “We will miss Harrison,” Crean said, “but I understand and we will support him fully and completely.

    How can anyone read that statement and keep a straight face…? “But I understand…” Hilarious. You should learn to understand how Villanova can beat an unbeatable team, Mr. Deep Understanding.

  2. He’s a walk on looking to pursue a scholarship. He’s not good enough to get one at IU, but his time here probably gave him better opportunities than what were available before. Not a hard one to figure out.

  3. HH, what an absurd post. Harrison’s statement is easy to understand and has zero to do with Villanova’s great run to a Championship (with a “Watford shot” to grab the victory!)!

  4. As soon as I saw the headline of this story, I laughed out loud because I knew Harv would be first to post some delusion-inspired and inane comment. He did not disappoint. And now, Harrison Niego joins the long list of young men FORCED to transfer from IU as a result of that evil, manipulative puppet master, Tom Crean. In Harv’s mind, young men lose all free will and the ability to think for themselves once they fall under Tom Crean’s mystical spell (hey, maybe it has something to do with that Christianity thing, right Harv?). To Harv, Crean has the power to control these intelligent your men’s minds (but can’t prevent some from drinking alcohol and violating other team rules). His mind-control powers are so strong, it overrides any influence that the young man’s parents and family have. Therefore, according to Harv, Niego was “forced” to transfer from IU, and he’s just another one of Crean’s victims. I mean who cares if Niego can obtain a full ride scholarship, saving him and his family $40,000 dollars a year? Who cares that Niego will increase his chance of getting more playing time by going to another team? Who cares if he might get to play closer to home? To Harv, anyone who transfers from IU has been victimized. Is there any remaining doubt that Harv is delusional?

  5. Where did I say he was forced to transfer? You’re a bit too caught up. They are all better off when they leave clown central….whether pushed or by way of better opportunity. Doesn’t change the fact that Crean’s usual empty blow of deep understanding is hilarious….as our his apologists.

  6. Good for Harrison. Smart move. He would have seen zero minutes next year with the influx of better guards. The kid that should also go is Priller. The question is if he could even get an offer from another D 1 school. IU has some transfer options in case Williams leaves and Priller would need to go to free that spot. This assumes Priller actually wants to play instead of sitting on the bench.

  7. Bad to the bone…Just where I choose it to be. Unlike you, a complete fraud and apologist too weak to ever want the best for IU.

  8. I pushed my soul in a deep dark hole and then I followed it in
    I watched myself crawlin’ out as I was a-crawlin’ in
    I got up so tight I couldn’t unwind
    I saw so much I broke my mind
    I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was iin

  9. Hoosier Hopeful your post is insulting to real Hoosiers! Coach Crean picked Tim Priller for a scholarship whe IU was really “hurting” for players on the roster over 6’8. The demands on each and every scholarship players on the Indiana roster from conditioning, strength, individual skill training, team workouts, travel, academics, etc. are intense. In addition to these demands Tim has been a model student-athlete, well liked on the campus, a lovely IU coed girlfriend, and a great smile on his face, under the intense public scrutiny that Indiana basketball creates. Any parent would be proud of a son like Tim! Most fans assumed that it would be in his third year that Tim would get a chance to show that he could contribute in games as well as in practices. Next year we will see. What we see in you is a shallow, no nothing, back-stabber with nothing better to do than to denigrate a good kid who may not be a great basketball player according to your “lofty” standards.

  10. Priller can’t be cut…He’s in charge of the snacks for Scooby Dooby Doo Doo Crean…

    And Scooby Doo if you come through you’re gonna have
    yourself a Scooby Sweet 16 Snack!
    That’s a fact!

    Scooby Dooby Doo, here are you
    You’re ready and you’re Prillin’…

    If we can count on you Scooby Doo
    I know we’ll catch that Sampson villain

  11. Harv, you calling me “a complete fraud” is a badge of honor for me. I cherish that coming from you.

  12. Let’s also keep in mind how “bad” you have “it”….Why? Because, per usual, my first post made no mention of you, nor was directed at you, but you still had to start back up with the “delusional” stuff.

    What do you know….? I look over on the side bar and there’s another post where you are making reference to famous Spanish literature again…? Is that the only classic work where you hit the Cliff’s Notes? You should really expand your horizons….Are you familiar with “Old Man and the Sea”..? Anything by Dickens?….Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray?

    Not only are you a complete fraud, but your range in literature is rather shameful.

  13. I wonder what “considered Ivy League schools Yale, Dartmouth and Cornell” means. Shoot, I ‘considered’ them, too. Unfortunately, they did not respond in kind. Perhaps it was because I wasn’t a very good student. That may have played a part. If this kid was accepted to Yale, Dartmouth, and Cornell but chose IU he really was chasing a basketball dream. It will be interesting to see where he lands.

    Anybody remember Errick Peck? He was an Indianapolis kid who finished his career at Purdue but not until after he graduated from Cornell.

  14. Ya PO it was not directed at you but did start “how can anyone”. Very specifically stated “anyone” is not you. Hell we all recognized that. It was clear as the usual mud thrown around here by the now insignificant h4h.

  15. You’ve been insignificant since your Barney Frank comments on Scoop that revealed just the sort of “man” you are. Keep attacking, Mr. Worldly Clarion. Keep oinking.

  16. The tribalism is strong amongst the fans. Every single bit of Hoosier news (and not even related to basketball at lot of times) devolves into drawing lines over who hates or loves Crean. It may be the single most boring topic on the internet now.

  17. Why didn’t you consider it boring when it was hating on Lynch or Samson…or Knight? Your hateful and divisive comments aimed at Knight were no less boring….

    And when Crean basketball settles back into its inevitable boring level of uninspiring apology and acceptance of mediocrity, there will once again be a banner reunion planned by Fred; supplemented by various attempts at giving Scoop rankings shock treatments via stories of Bobby still giving his middle finger to CharlaTom and the traveling circus act. Double Down will proceed to tell us how he’s had enough of the :”old bitter man”: while using his next four posts to slobber over the phenomenal Golden State Warriors(a topic of most stimulating interest to all Hoosier fans watching their college basketball program rot in apology, tempered expectations, and defeatism.).

  18. DD, you have some of that exactly right. Redundant rants are extremely boring. And who is the one Scoop participant most likely to perpetuate this boring topic? Who is the one participant who routinely destroys a thread by inserting anti-Crean rants that are completely irrelevant to the topic of discussion that a story initiated? Who is it that uses the Scoop to perform his monotonous and delusional soliloquies? Who is it the routinely posts five or six consecutive and long posts that drone on and on about his obsession? Who continues to fail to understand that those who oppose him no longer do so in support or defense of Tom Crean (he needs no one’s defense), but simply because they resent him continuing to ruin so many potentially fun and interesting IU sports discussions on the Scoop? Reading a Scoop discussion thread without that one person inserting his cancerous anti-Crean nonsense is like taking a breath of fresh air on a warm, sunny, spring day. Too bad there aren’t more of them.

  19. Such another jealous little boy…..Tsao saw right though your “spring days” . a level of warm found in a Chicago winter…A Hoosier somehow scorned….A child with level terrorizing inane clear as cellophane. A defeatist who will change with the careful wind and light the torches for “wreckers” to be punished when its most in vogue. It’s these entrenched defeatists that brought you Crean on the Zero Tolerance Train of the Establishment. They want nothing of success for Indiana. And if at first they don’t succeed, they will …?

  20. Harv, are you crabby because the glory days of your passions are a thing of the past? Why do you choose to define yourselves by purities of your rooting interests. We get it. You’re vastly superior in your ability to call hypocrites to the mat.

    My hateful and divisive comments toward Knight? You argue with more boogymen than all the 5 year olds in America combined.

  21. Just recall you acting as if your Rosebud stolen when Knight attended a barnyard dance for Gene Keady ..

    Passions are often prisoners of hopeless results and dysfunctional love…but I’ll keep fighting.

  22. PC doesn’t get it with me. My comments described Frank accurately. But PC controls you so you did not like my term. Plain fact. Unlike you making up things to fit your bias about Coach Crean I made nothing up about Frank.

  23. It wasn’t my “PC” that brought the outrage ..I never saw the comment…I only witnessed the aftermath, comments from Chet, and subsequent removal of what must have been your lovely level of pig farm uncouth.

  24. Egads Harv.

    I’ve criticized and defended aspects all Indiana’s coaches at various times. I don’t claim to be right either. I’m just having discussions. You have it out for Crean. I don’t love the guy either (even after this year), but you’re obsessed.

    Sorry if I hold you to a higher standard. You love Indiana basketball for all the right reasons and you want the program to reflect those reasons. You have the ability to be so insightful. I’d normally just ignore it, but I know you’re capable of better.

  25. It’s time to choose your island tribe, DD. This side is of smaller numbers….but we won’t push a boulder off a cliff to smash anyone. Violence or talk of its previous joy is not our way. And we won’t push a boulder off a cliff because your of a more passive nature, agnostic, or chubby.

    I know the tribe you belong. You would always choose civility and be capable of looking inward enough to know nothing of judgment or belief is worth implying man a beast.

  26. Thank you, Harv. That was very considerate. Given your perspective, I consider an insult from you to be a good thing. It reassures me and brightens my day.

  27. I’m humbled that anything from a delusional, manic, windmill chasing nutbag and spoiler of all things sacred on Scoop is just enough for your pure and pious spit to fire up some reassurance. You have now just placed meaning into my life. I wish I could be you for a day. Then again, how much beauty of the earth and sun can arrive for anyone chasing my dark and sinful delusions? How much warmth of spring day rests upon thy shoulders while I type away..? I would guess that’s enough sun to make your soul quite cold and your skin quite pale. But, oh, to spend a day in the purity of your cold and damp dungeon that gives such claim to its own warmth. ..? You are the Lord…You are the sun….Be careful…To own the light on the misguided of the lost(whether by truth in your heart or to deceive in public advantage) will call upon a judgment not from anyone here you seek or claim reassurance.. Proverbs A-117.5 + 6 = Clouds – 14 Abraham + Joseph & David, page 1746, Old Testament.

  28. It is your PC and post 18 proves so. Outrage. How silly. I was and still am not influenced by PC or the proponents of the same. And my description of Frank is still accurate. You can’t refute it. People have caught up with your BS on here and your being challenged more and more. We all know your bias against Coach Crean but you just keep creating stories to feed it. Your readership is steadily slimming.

  29. If you’re not influenced then keep using the uncouth word you chose to describe Frank.

    And if you my readership is slimming, it’s getting more fat from the pig farmer …It sort works like this…If you’re responding, you’re reading. I may write a lot of crap, but I can be assured Podunker, Chet, and Clarion will still roll in it. Don’t kid yourself…and Frankly speaking, Chet is still reading….

    I don’t care if I’m read by Team Apologists. Creativity of wisdom and words could set no lower bar for peer review. …and thus explains the level of appeal you hold in CharlaTom.

    Seahawk Tom still seems to enjoy a bit of my rants and assessments of the day….It’s never been a numbers thing for me.. NoMendacity shines bright as the only admitted opposite sex contributor at this Gentlemen’s Yacht Club to vote in approval… …Their opinions, though not as frequent as the hate mail, mean far more to me than the Hoosier defeatists and the uncouth that follow Crean cologne like a dog in heat.

  30. Chet the reason that you say “considered” the Ivy schools is that they technically do not give athletic scholarships. They can not offer you anything special that is not offered to every student! So you must apply to the school, be offered acceptance, apply for financial aid, then see the level of aid that is offered. It is the same for ALL students! However, in most cases if the family income is under $150,000/yr, your cost for the Ivy education is $0, with $0 in student loans! A pretty sweet deal. Then have a successful life and buy an NBA franchise or start Amazon, eBay or Facebook.

  31. However, in most cases if the family income is under $150,000/yr, your cost for the Ivy education is $0, with $0 in student loans!

    Wow…I never knew that to be true…Why not consider Ivy League if you believe your grades/academic credentials, etc…can hold up?

    Of course, the applications for children of the very wealthy likely have parents who donate their way to acceptance letters……thus making the real cost of the education somewhat hidden from view(along with the influences). The remaining acceptance letters likely go to top foreign students, jocks, and one U.S. inner city kid from hard streets to appear politically correct.

  32. Fact. You still have been unable to refute my statement about Frank. Keep playing with the toys in your head.

  33. Fact: I never saw your original post I only read the outrage by the few who must have seen it before it was quickly removed from Scoop..
    Let Jeremy or Chet refute whatever you said and how uncouth your post must have been. Let them decide if it was merely politically incorrect or a hideous example of a very closed off pig farmer.

  34. Just as I thought you can’t refute it because you have no argument. You are only good at making up stories for your bias of Coach Crean. Get back to your toys.

  35. You moved the argument to refute. That’s something a slippery pig farmer would be good at…The argument was not whether or not your uncouth word/words serve to “accurately” describe in derogatory fashion one facet of a man, Barney Frank.
    The argument, and my countering of your attack, was whether or not your use of such an uncouth word makes you as “insignificant” on Scoop(based on my perceptions of how a major contributor and Jeremy reacted to your choice) as your viewpoint of how I am perceived on Scoop.

    Insignificance: Historical interpretation.

    I actually knew you were insignificant since the days you would come onto Basketblog, drop a couple snide remarks, and failed at being creative enough or interesting enough to the few I was in constant conservation to be respected and valued. You were not…and you retreated back to your expertise as lead sailor boy at the always “frank” Yacht Club.

    The argument refuted was to significance of opinions on Scoop….I don’t care if I’m significant here…I don’t write to be significant. You simply called Barney Frank by a name that I believe makes you far more narrowly reduced to insignificance than the narrow and offensive adjective you used to describe Barney Frank.

    If others believe such choices in uncouth words makes you ‘more significant’ or ‘less significant,’ is their prerogative. In my opinion(forgive me for not simply offering a declarative statement as you in your attacks or using the word “fact” to describe an opinion), your use of such vulgar and narrow language makes you dated, removed, closed off, stuck, and significant as pig feed for PED’s on an all gay football team. .Our football team plays like a bunch of Barney Franks….They hit like Barney Franks…They are the Barney Franks of the Big 10….It’s my understanding, Barney Frank is a fan of the Big 10 because he’s a Barney Frank. That Franker. Those Franks are everywhere. Get those Franks out of my locker room.

    My comments described Frank accurately.

    If you want to believe your one uncouth offering describes this man more than his name, it’s fair to assume you would use other such uncouth an

  36. I recently submitted a post regarding h4h that I regretted and hope I will not be as disrespectful this time.

    After a couple years of reading your comments, h4h, I am at a loss why you continue the same repetitive comments week after week or understand what it is you say your “fighting for”. And why those who disagree with what are often radical comments be prepared for a barrage of name calling and ridicule. I quote your following responses to those who have disagreed with so far on this thread: defeatist, fraud, apologist, jealous little pig farmer, jealous little boy, hypocrite, keep oinking, and delusional manic nut bag are a few.

    You do not offer opinion or observations but rather dissertations of angry, demeaning ridicule of Indiana University and those responsible for its direction. Almost all who comment here are fans of IU athletic teams as I am and our comments are sometimes critical of this person or that player or what a bad job of coaching. I don’t always like the choices of a given coach or am disappointed when something does not meet an expectation so for me it is easy to vent a bit here and then get on with my day. And that is what bothers me most with your posts. The Hoosier Scoop is mostly loyal IU fans who want the teams to do well and you seem to be like the guest who comes into your home and tells you what a lousy taste you have in furniture. Only you are telling us (over and over) what how poor our choices are in the teams we support. Our BB program and coach sucks, our football team and coach is lousy, and the AD is a total loser. If you feel that fine and good. But why is it necessary to repeat exactly the same anger and sarcasm over and over for so long.

    I had great hopes that age would bring me wisdom and tolerance but it grieves me to say for the most part I instead just got older so let me end with this viewpoint. I first and foremost care about the school and try to trust those who are charged with the responsibility to do the jobs they are paid to do and when they don’t trust they will be replaced by someone who will. But I am not a prisoner of hopeless results and accept I have no influence one way or the other. I do not choose to dwell on a former coach who has been gone for 15 years but rather focus what is now and not what was in another time.

  37. Mr. Walker, I sincerely applaud your effort in the above post. But if you’ve been monitoring H4H’s posts “for a couple of years,” you should know by now that all attempts to reason with Harv are a waste of time. He is obviously not a person influenced by reason. He has an ax to grind and the Scoop is the forum he has chosen in which to grind it. I don’t think anyone of anything is ever going to change Harv’s behavior. Whatever condition causes him to express his negativity the way he does took root long ago and is not likely to change. Certainly no amount of reason will change his mind. Personally, I think he has ruined the Scoop for many Hoosier fans that would like to read and express opinions about IU sports. It’s really too bad that he has been allowed to continue making the same old, tired rants and dominating or ruining discussion threads for so long. But I will not stop logging on to the Scoop just because one “special” individual does his best to destroy this forum. When I think about Harv’s habitual behavior as perpetrated on the Scoop, I am reminded of that old saying, “misery loves company.” Harv has attracted a few other like-minded contributors, and it seems his efforts are intended to convince others to join or support his cause, whatever that might be. Fortunately, while a few people find humor reading Harv’s delusional soliloquies and rants, like some people find humor in observing a person with Tourette Syndrome, which is strange but not funny, many Hoosier fans have either stopped participating on to the Scoop or they simply ignore Harv’s comments. The advice I would offer to you, after wishing I had taken it myself years ago, was best expressed by both George Carlin and Mark Twain when they said, “Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.”

  38. What a harangue. I think you’re losing it. Jeremy was not involved. Also I never heard of Basketblog until I found the Scoop. How do you like those facts boy? What i stated about Frank was accurate and you have no argument to refute it. But please keep creating your own stories as we cannot expect anything more from you. A lowly place is insignificant.

  39. You’re moving the argument to refute…

    Your choice of an uncouth description of Frank was never in the debate…And whether or not such term is commonly known vulgar slang is irrelevant…You could use numerous other vulgar words of homophobic nature to describe Frank. Give it a whirl….Fruitcake was once quite popular on here. I guess your choice was not so popular.

    I’m not refuting Franks sexual preferences….I don’t think he refutes those preferences…. The penalty flag on the field you threw at the beginning of this thread dealt with the overall “insignificance” of my contributions to Scoop. First, I don’t care what you think. As I said, I don’t write to be significant to Hoosier Clarion. My response is that you have unveiled aspects of yourself that can arguably portray your as a very closed off person….Your description of Frank would be seen as “significant’ language in any professional business,or academic setting. Repeated use of such uncouth and “significantly” vulgar habits would come with enough backlash and EEOC complaints/filings/actions at to likely warn and potentially remove you from such settings…You would certainly be significant.

    You have free speech rights..You have the right to use uncouth words..Scoop felt they had the right to remove your choice and your post. You also have a right to your opinion regarding my “significance.” I have the same right to express a counter argument to your initial declaration/attack of such a claim. My response is that many of your posts that bring a raw and natural view of the curtains drawn back from the Clarion picture window(one example dating back to your Frank comment), deem you to be just as “insignificant’ in my opinions I hold of you as those you have arrived at that initiated your attacking of me.

    I would like to also offer an old quote from Knight:

    <blockquote“We will miss Jason Collier,” Knight said, “but I understand and we will support him fully and completely. In our minds, he will always be part of our Hoosier family. He did everything that we had asked of him and more. He got better and made us better.”

    I’m pretty sure most Hoosier fans of old would have found such a comment making print hilarious. I would think most would laugh at that sort of “political correctness” from the man often labeled as a tyrant…I think Crean is a different sort of tyrant ..He’s a flawless and perfectly politically correct tyrant with zero coaching ability. Most coaches want to assemble the best team possible….Within such realm, there is plenty of saint and sinner to go around….When Knight shoved them off, it was often a public perception that it because they couldn’t tolerate him. When Crean shoves them on their merry way, it’s because they love him so….Yes, I still find that hilarious.

  40. oops…

    “We will miss Jason Collier,” Knight said, “but I understand and we will support him fully and completely. In our minds, he will always be part of our Hoosier family. He did everything that we had asked of him and more. He got better and made us better.”

    Disclaimer: That really wasn’t a quote from Knight.

  41. HC, I’m only seeing your side of this but, do me a favor, drop the Barney Frank stuff. I understand it reflects your belief system and personal feelings but every time you defend it most of us on the Scoop cringe a little bit. Let it go.

    Harv will move on to the next thing.

  42. What i stated about Frank and the way I stated it was accurate to a T. You cannot refute it. It is a fact and there is no argument against it. You may not like the term I used but as I stated days ago PC don’t get anywhere with me. By description the term is accurate. You’ve made the choice to live with PC, now suffer it.

    Chet, I’m finding as long as I keep him engaged he slows down on his declamation of Crean. Which in its self is a pleasant change. But on good advice I will make this my last word on the topic. Crean bashing may now continue.

  43. The only thing irrefutable is your claims of “significance” take root in your moral high ground to choose such vulgar and uncouth names.
    And such significance of a name you attached to Frank as if his given birth name could just as easily find the same desperate high ground of morality to label the precious lump of gold, your own little bundle of wonder, brought into the world. And through the glass viewing window of a maternity ward your loving eyes will be corrupted as you gaze upon a child who may one day make choices no different than those you have used your uncouth “last name” as the only tattoo that matters. Now that precious and new bundle of life’s mystery to celebrate, your child, is destined to find a world that diminishes and sets moral bars of judgments; for which, by your own definitions to a ‘T,’ doesn’t believe your surname is significant enough to replace a sexual preference…His name and the name taken by your ‘Bride’ is now worth the same pig crap you rolled Barney in.. .

  44. HC, it was a slur and it was beneath you. Being ‘PC’ played no role one way or another. I don’t expect to have any impact on your use of such terms but I can assure you it doesn’t go unnoticed by those around you.

    That’s all I will say on the subject.

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