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SMU Basketball: Larry Brown Pulls in Another Transfer Looking for a Fresh Start

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Doug BrodessCorrespondent IMay 11, 2012

Larry Brown, the new head basketball coach at SMU, gained another commitment from a high-level recruit who wants to put his past behind him.

Crandall Head, ESPNU's Class of 2010 No. 79 recruit, has decided to leave the University of Illinois and transfer to SMU.

Head, an athletic shooting guard, never really got on track at the U of I.

As a freshman, he appeared in 18 games off the bench, averaging just 1.3 ppg while playing a little more than five minutes per game.

As a sophomore, Head played nine minutes per game in nine games, averaging one point per outing.

Head is the second "big-time" transfer that has decided to put his basketball future in the hands of the Hall of Fame coach.

Josiah Turner, ESPNU's Class of 2011 No. 15 recruit, left the University of Arizona to come play for Brown in Dallas.

Both Head and Turner are looking for a fresh start.

Head was suspended for the first four games of the 2011-12 season for the ever-popular "violation of team rules."

Turner was suspended indefinitely by Arizona's Sean Miller right before the Wildcats left for the Pac-12 Tournament this past March.

Before leaving Tucson, Turner was arrested for extreme DUI without a license.

If Brown can get these two talented young players to mature both on and off the court, the reward will be worth the risk.

If not, SMU basketball could become a swirling vortex of trouble.

Stay tuned.

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