CARBONDALE — Former SIU guard Darius Beane is transferring to Northern Illinois, he tweeted Sunday.
Beane, a 6-foot-3, 165-pound sophomore, will likely have to sit out the 2019-2020 season but would have three years of eligibility beginning in 2020-21. Beane played in all 32 games at SIU as a true freshman last season, averaging three points and 2.8 rebounds a game. Beane shot 39.5% from the field and 32.4% from the 3-point line.
If he signs with the Huskies, he will be coach Mark Montgomery's fifth recruit this season. Northern Illinois went 17-17 overall and 8-10 in the Mid-American Conference West Division (fourth place). NIU was seventh in the MAC in scoring offense (73.7 points per game) and sixth in scoring defense (71 points allowed per game).
Beane averaged 15.5 minutes a game at SIU.
It is not clear if Beane's dad, Anthony Beane Sr., is going with him to Northern Illinois. Montgomery currently has two assistant coaches on his staff, according to the Huskies' website, Lamar Chapman and Brandon Watkins. He is the only player or former assistant coach who hasn't found a new home yet.
Former assistant coach Brad Autry is taking over Van Buren High School's boys basketball program in Arkansas, and former assistant Justin Walker was hired as Bloomington High School's new boys coach. Walk-on guard David Swedura went to Triton College, a junior college in the Chicago area. Redshirt freshman forward Amadou Fall signed with Three Rivers (Missouri) Community College, and redshirt freshman forward Sam Shafer committed to Albany earlier this month.
Jimmy Beane, Darius' cousin and a onetime Saluki recruit, announced earlier this year he was transferring to Palm Beach (Florida) State College. Former Saluki recruit Evan Taylor asked for and received his release, and signed with Lehigh. Sekou Dembele, SIU's other redshirt freshman forward, stayed on with Bryan Mullins and the new staff. He will have four years of eligibility beginning this winter.