A desire to be closer to home ultimately figured in Andrew Bock’s decision to leave the Creighton basketball program.
Bock, a 6-foot-1 point guard from Rialto, Calif., confirmed Thursday that he will transfer after the end of his freshman season. He said he probably will look at schools on the West Coast in searching for a new school.
Bock saw limited playing time as Creighton’s No. 3 point guard, averaging 8.0 minutes per game while playing behind sophomore Antoine Young and senior Cavel Witter.
“You can say that,’’ said Bock, when asked if playing time was an issue in his decision. “I mean, everyone wants to play but it wasn’t a huge issue that made me make this decision.
“It just came down to being closer to home. I think God put me here for a reason and I enjoyed my stay but I wanted to see my family more and have them be able to come to my games.’’
Bock was considered a top 100 prospect after leading Eisenhower High School to a California state championship as a senior. He averaged 21.3 points and 6.9 assists as a senior and won the John Wooden Award as the state’s Division II player of the year.
In playing 21 games for the 18-16 Bluejays, Bock averaged 2.1 points, 0.8 rebounds and 0.9 assists. His best game came against Iona when he scored eight points.
Bock said he’s leaving the program in good terms with coach Dana Altman.
“I have the utmost respect for Creighton and the university as a whole, and I think Altman is a great coach,’’ Bock said. “He’s a great guy and knows a lot about the game.’’
Altman said he respects Bock’s decision.
“He had kind of a tough freshman year for us, but he’s definitely a guy we felt could help us,’’ Altman said. “Family is important to him. I knew that when we were recruiting him. They’re an awfully close family.
“We hate to see him leave, but I certainly respect his decision.’’
Bock is the second California player to leave the Creighton program in the past two years. Forward Kenton Walker left after two seasons last spring, transferring to St. Mary’s University. He sat out last season but will have two seasons of eligibility remaining for a program that reached the Sweet 16 of the recently completed NCAA tournament.
Bock’s departure will open up a scholarship for next season. The Bluejays lose three seniors in Witter, Justin Carter and Chad Millard. Creighton signed two players last fall in 6-8 Keithrick Denson of Navarro (Texas) Junior College and 6-11 Will Artino of Waukee, Iowa, High School. Greg Echenique, a 6-8 forward, transferred to Creighton in January after playing at Rutgers.
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