Purdue Basketball: Guard John Hart Eyes Two Schools in Transfer Decision

Scott HenryFeatured ColumnistMay 10, 2012

John Hart scraps for the ball at the 2010 Big Ten tournament.
John Hart scraps for the ball at the 2010 Big Ten tournament.Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Purdue graduate transfer John Hart has told the Indianapolis Star that he is leaning toward two schools to enter for his final season of basketball eligibility.

Hart is deciding between staying in-state at IUPUI or traveling far from home to join Albany in the America East Conference.

Hart told the Star, "Pretty much my debate is whether or not I want to go that far from home, but it's only one year and not a four-year commitment."

The guard became somewhat of a folk hero at Purdue during the 2009-10 season when he entered a game against Illinois. Hart scored 14 points in 18 minutes of play, but the Boilers were assessed a technical foul after his first basket when it was discovered that he was not in the scorebook.

Hart scored in double figures four times in the first six games of the 2010-11 season before suffering a foot injury that cost him six weeks and all of his momentum. After he returned, Hart only scored nine points in 65 minutes the rest of that season.

In 2011-12, Hart averaged only 5.3 minutes per game, scoring one third of his points in a blowout loss to Michigan State. Over his Purdue career, Hart averaged 2.6 points in 8.7 minutes per game. Thirty-five of his 60 career baskets were three-point shots.

Albany and IUPUI both lose high-scoring guards, giving them openings for Hart. The Great Danes are losing the America East's leading scorer, Gerardo Suero, to the NBA draft. IUPUI's Alex Young graduates after ranking fourth in the Summit League at 20.4 points per game.

While it may be unreasonable to expect Hart to make a similar impact to Suero or Young, both schools could use a player with Big Ten experience and a perimeter shooting touch.