Harrison Niego leaving IU to pursue scholarship opportunity

  • 04/08/2016 8:15 pm in

A release sent out Friday evening by the IU men’s basketball program announced freshman walk-on Harrison Niego will leave the program to pursue a Division I scholarship opportunity.

Tom Crean’s comments from the release:

We will miss Harrison, 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 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. 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.

And Niego’s comments from the release:

“Coming to IU and being part of the program has been one of the best experiences of my life. 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.”

In 25 games for the Hoosiers, Niego scored 11 points and had 15 rebounds. Like Nick Zeisloft, he played his high school basketball at Lyons Township High School in La Grange, IL.

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  • IU track Alumni

    Thank you for your dedication Harrison. Your future is bright on and off the court. You represented our institution well.

  • Ole Man

    I called this one real early! Will miss his dedication and hustle.

  • Furyfire

    Well, he said he passed up lower end schools to do IU for a year.
    He got his name out there big time by playing for us.

    I’d say congrats to him. He got noticed thanks to IU 🙂

  • cbags05

    Not the news i was hoping for tonight.

    Good luck harrison.

  • inLinE6

    His better days are ahead of him. I’m sure his one year at IU will serve him well. With the guys returning and freshmen coming in, and the possibility of recruiting another 5-star guard, Harrison’s minutes may be limited next season. Good luck.

  • pcantidote

    Completely understandable. All the best Harrison.

  • Shaggy_C

    Most thrilled by this news? His parents, who will no longer have to fork over 25k+ a year for their son to attend IU out of state 🙂

    Thanks HN for your contributions this year – if you Google “best walk on in IU history” guess which news story comes up third in the list? Guys like HN make seasons like 2015-16 possible, even if it’s not immediately evident on the floor every game. These are the guys who demand more in practice, push the starters to their limits, and rise to the occasion when called upon. Best of luck!

  • BL

    Great experience for him but his true competitiveness comes shining through. Kid wants to play ball. Hope he lands at a great school where he can play big minutes. Good luck HN.

  • TomJameson

    That’s too bad for IU, but really great for Harrison. I can certainly understand his leaving for a scholarship, just hope it’s to a good school. Maybe Evansville can get him, they can use a good point guard now.

    Harrison did a great job at IU. He hustled on defense, and played the role he was asked with nothing but dedication. He will do very well wherever his goes!

    Good luck Harrison!

  • E Foy McNaughton

    I kind of hoped we’d have a scholarship for him next year, but understand the reality. Best of luck!

  • Lance76

    Since Harrison did not have a scholarship @ IU, can he can transfer and play right away? Would there be any restrictions on where he goes? I liked seeing his play this year and he has ability and motivation. Best of luck to him!

  • Crimson&CremeFraiche

    Thanks Harrison! He stepped up huge when Rob went down. Glad he got to play in the tourney as a freshman. He will live on in the history books for a long time because he drilled the 19th (I think) three pointer that reset the big ten record for threes in a game.

  • B1G Lifer

    Thanks, Harry. You clearly are good enough to merit real playing time. We’re rooting for you wherever you decide to play your heart out.

  • Guyton25

    I was really looking forward to having him next year as one of our better ball handlers, but now I’m even more excited for him, knowing he has a lot of potential. I hope this transition proves to be as fruitful for him as it was for Remy.

  • Fifer39

    Really sorry to hear this news but understandable. The kid has loads to offer and he’s going to make a D1 team really happy. If fact, his new team has just become my second favourite for the next 3 years. Unless, of course, it’s……..

    Good luck Harrison and thanks for all you have done.

  • cooper

    Shouldn’t be an issue for the team. Though if they thought he could help why not pull Prillers scholarship and give it to him?

    Still need a top recruit for next year.

  • ForeverIU

    Because that would create mistrust and bad feelings within the program and would be horrible for team chemistry. Basically it’s not good to set a precedent of giving a scholly to a walkon at the expense of a scholarship player.

  • I think you answered your own question. If ‘pulled’ as you put it.. or more acceptable TP decided to leave, the scholly would be used on a ‘top recruit’, not HN. I hate to see him go, but we’d be better off using a scholarship on a guy like, McDowell-White or McFly, than to try to keep HN. JMO.

  • cooper

    Nah players want the best team possible and if the alternative is a good player (not that this kid is) leaving they will accept it. They may care for a week or two but that’s it. Plus he could stay as a walk on.

  • SCHoosier

    Being part of the ’15-’16 Hoosiers was a great experience for Harrison. With the roster of guards U has for next season..he has made a smart decision. He can go in an start at point for the right program. Good luck to HN! Instead of one and done..Harrison was one and won!

  • LtShineySides

    May be???

  • I really like Niego and thought he was a tough cookie. He proved himself on the court and was a net asset overall. Sad to lose him but it’s understandable. Whoever picks him up is getting a solid point guard and a winner. Good luck to him, wherever he ends up.

  • millzy32

    Good for him. I hope he ends up somewhere he can play and thrive. He’s a good player.

  • Jack Nolan

    Why would they not offer to him. That seems classless.