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Good Night and Good Luck

It's been real. It's been fun. But it hasn't been real fun.

With just one year of elibility remaining, Syracuse shooting guard Louie McCroskey has decided to transfer from the Orange to one of three Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference institutions. As Post-Standard staff writer Kim Baxter reports:

McCroskey asked for and received the release from his scholarship last month and is looking to transfer from the Orange, according to Oliver Antigua, his high school coach at St. Raymond's in the Bronx who is helping him transfer.

"He's looking for a new start," Antigua said Tuesday evening. "He wants to start fresh. He wants to start a new chapter in his life. He appreciates the time he had at Syracuse. But I don't think he'd appreciate the role he'd be given going back there (next year). He felt it'd be a good time to depart."

Antigua said McCroskey is interested in transferring to Iona, Manhattan or Marist, all nearby schools to his native Bronx. The two toured the Iona campus Tuesday evening and plan on visiting Manhattan today and Marist on Thursday.
The most shocking aspect of the McCroskey transfer saga, however, is tied directly to this quote:
In his time away, McCroskey considered quitting the team, but he returned regardless, Antigua said.

"Louie was going to stop playing basketball," the coach said. "He just wanted to go to school. But we didn't want him, after the situation, to get up and leave (SU). We didn't want it to look like he was running away. He didn't want to be a bad teammate and leave his team. He felt bad because he thought he was being a distraction."
Who would have thought that McCroskey was such an academic? I give him credit for wanting to continue his academic responsibilities.

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