Luther Head’s Brother Crandall Leaves the Illini Program

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The Illinois Fighting Illini will have one less guard on the bench tonight when they take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Bruce Weber announced Tuesday that sophomore guard Crandall Head, little brother of NBA veteran Luther Head has decided to leave the Illinois college basketball program.

Head was suspended for four games for the very arcane “violation of team rules” at the start of the season. He also ran into some off-the-court trouble last season. Unfortunately, he leaves Champaign being known as just “Luther’s little brother” because he never accomplished anything with the Illini.

Head played in only 26 career games with the Illini over 1.5 season, averaging a miniscule 1.2 points. He appeared in 17 games as a freshman, totaling 23 points, and saw action in nine games this season, tallying nine whole points. He scored a career-high five points last year vs. Northwestern and dished out a career-high six assists vs. Chicago State this year.

And you media types will certainly agree with this statement: he wasn’t exactly a great, interesting interview either.

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Luther Head’s Brother Crandall, Ready to make own Illini Legacy

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You might remember #4 Luther Head as the leading scorer on Illinois national runner-up team of 2004-05. During that “Champaign Campaign,” Illinois tied a national college basketball record for victories in a season with 37.

Head, a Chicago native who prepped at Manley Academy had a couple decent years in the NBA with the Houston Rockets before a stint with the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers. Today, he barely hangs on in the league with the Sacramento Kings.

He did however make enough NBA bank to move his family from the west side to suburban Matteson, allowing his brother Crandall the opportunity to prep at Rich South instead of Crane.

Now that Crandall Head is at Illinois, and wearing the same number as his older brother, comparisons to Luther are inevitable. Head Coach Bruce Weber also compares Head, the Younger to Illini redshirt freshman Joseph Bertrand.

By Paul M. Banks

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