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UND standout Geno Crandall will graduate transfer

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The Fighting Hawks' Geno Crandall evades Eastern Washington defenders during Sunday's basketball game at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. Nick Nelson / Forum News Service2 / 2

GRAND FORKS - The UND men's basketball program has been bit by the NCAA graduate transfer rule once again.

Two-time all-Big Sky Conference guard Geno Crandall plans to graduate transfer, the school confirmed Monday.

"I would have enjoyed seeing Geno finish out his eligibility as a Fighting Hawk and continue to grow with him as a young man, player and teammate, but players choosing to pursue graduate transfer options is the reality of today's college basketball," UND coach Brian Jones said. "The only thing we can control is investing in our athletes while they are within our program and I know we've done that on many levels with Geno. We wish him nothing but the best in this new journey."

Crandall didn't return a message seeking comment. He hasn't announced his destination, although he recently followed members of the Xavier coaching staff on Twitter. Some of those accounts also follow Crandall.

A year ago, Crandall led UND with 16.6 points per game and had a Big Sky-best 67 steals.

Crandall is the program's 14th all-time leading scorer, seventh all-time in assists and fourth all-time in steals.

Last year, UND posts Drick Bernstine and Carson Shanks elected to graduate transfer after the Fighting Hawks' NCAA Tournament appearance the year before.

Bernstine went to Washington State and Shanks to Loyola Chicago. UND also received a graduate transfer in Dale Jones, who was UND's second leading scorer with 11.8 points per game.

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