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SIU guard Darius Beane drives against Northern Iowa on Jan. 5 at the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Beane scored two points and grabbed seven rebounds in 26 minutes to help the Salukis beat the Panthers 58-51. 

CARBONDALE — Anthony Beane Sr. is not coming back to SIU's men's basketball team, and neither are his two relatives.

Darius Beane, a Carbondale High School grad who played in all of SIU's 32 games last season as a true freshman, announced on Twitter Thursday he intends to transfer from the program. His cousin, guard Jimmy Beane, who paid his own way at SIU this school year to try to academically qualify for a scholarship, also announced he intended to look elsewhere to begin his college career.

Jimmy Beane signed with SIU in 2018 but did not qualify for the scholarship. The 6-5, 215-pound guard could be eligible right away for the 2019-20 season. He last competed in 2017-18 at Potter's House Christian Academy in Jacksonville, Florida, where he averaged 19.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.

Darius Beane played an average of 15.5 minutes a game for the 17-15 Salukis, who finished tied for third place in the Missouri Valley Conference at 10-8 with Missouri State. The 6-foot-3, 165-pound guard shot 39.5% from the field and 32.4% from the 3-point line. Beane, the younger brother of SIU's third-leading scorer, Anthony Beane Jr., and the son of former Salukis assistant coach Anthony Beane Sr., scored 96 points and grabbed 91 rebounds.

Beane thanked the former and current coaching staff and said he would ask for his release from the program. He will have to sit out the 2019-20 season if he signs with another Division I team.

"I want to give a huge thanks to the unlimited support from the community ever since I could remember," Beane said in his tweet. "Cdale will always be a special place and where ever I end up, next to my name will continue to say from Carbondale Illinois."

Anthony Beane Jr. scored 1,917 career points between 2012-16 in 129 games. Anthony Beane Sr. came to Carbondale with former coach Barry Hinson in 2012 and was not retained by new coach Bryan Mullins.

Darius Beane joins redshirt freshman forward Sam Shafer, redshirt freshman forward Amadou Fall and walk-on guard David Swedura as departures from the program. Swedura signed with Triton College, a Division I junior college. Darius Beane was one of the top-ranked players in Illinois. The former Terrier averaged 16 points, five rebounds and just over three assists per game for a 20-9 squad his senior year for a squad that played most of the year without another Division I signee, Kani Acree. Acree signed with Ball State.

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Todd Hefferman has covered SIU athletics since 2008. A University of Iowa grad, he is a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and a Heisman Trophy voter.

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