Luke Recker Says He'll Transfer
Apr. 14, 1999
AUBURN, Ind. (AP) _ Luke Recker, the second highest scorer on the Indiana basketball team, said today he will transfer to another school because he's not satisfied with his development as a player.
``This is the toughest decision I have ever made,'' Recker said in a faxed statement. ``I love the state of Indiana, and playing for IU was always my lifelong dream.''
The 6-foot-6 sophomore forward/guard said he had not decided where he will transfer.
Recker was the 1997 Indiana Mr. Basketball.
Recker averaged 16.2 points a game last season, second only to A.J. Guyton.
But the 20-year-old has struggled during his two years as a Hoosier, and has been dogged by speculation he wanted to get away from coach Bob Knight. He had wanted to play for Knight since his family moved to Auburn from Miller City, Ohio, when he finished the fourth grade.
Attempts to reach Recker at his home and in Bloomington have been unsuccessful. And a phone message to Greg Elkin, Indiana sports information director, was not immediately returned.
Dick McKean, athletic director at DeKalb High School, said he doesn't know what prompted Recker's decision.
In the statement, however, Recker said he accepts sole responsibility for his on-the-court trouble.
``I blame nobody but myself for this, and believe my development will best be served in another program,'' Recker said.