The Creighton career of Darian Harris ended before it truly began when Bluejay coach Greg McDermott confirmed the freshman's intention to transfer to the Omaha-World Herald on Saturday evening.
Harris, who redshirted in his only season at Creighton, will look at schools closer to home that can offer more immediate playing time, according to McDermott. With reserves Avery Dingman and Isaiah Zierden returning, James Milliken coming off a redshirt year and Ronnie Harrell signed to the Bluejays, the 6-foot-6 Springdale, Arkansas native chose to continue his collegiate career elsewhere.
Harris chose the Bluejays out of Shiloh Christian over the likes of Missouri State, Oral Roberts and Louisiana Tech.
The long, slender freshman played three minutes in the Jays' exhibition win over Northern State. Harris missed his only field goal and grabbed one rebound in his brief debut.
Harris's departure frees a scholarship for the CU coaching staff to add to its 2014 recruiting class. With Harrell and Leon Gilmore joining the Jays out of high school, and Maurice Watson Jr. transferring in, CU hopes to add another highly talented prospect in its effort to build another team capable of contending in the BIG EAST.
The Bluejays staff is already working on filling the opening. Nevada transfer Cole Huff traveled to Omaha Sunday to being his campus visit. Alongside CU, the 6-foot-8 forward plans to visit Dayton, Iowa and Michigan. Another prospect on CU's radar is Morgan Park senior Josh Cunningham. The Chicago native has been squarely on CU's radar for the past year and plans to announce his college decision in the coming days.