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Former UND standout Geno Crandall plans to enroll at Gonzaga in October

UND's Geno Crandall guards Northern Arizona guard Torry Johnson during the first half of Saturday's home men's basketball game. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

Former UND star guard Geno Crandall has made his first public comments since Gonzaga removed his name from its online roster in late August.

Just a few days after Gonzaga removed Crandall from the roster and triggered concern from Bulldogs' fans, he was confirmed as still enrolled at UND.

Now, Crandall has claimed on a podcast he'll enroll at the basketball power in Spokane, Wash., in October.

Crandall, a second-team all-Big Sky Conference selection last year as a junior at UND, said on the 11:11 podcast posted late Tuesday night that he needed 19 credits at UND this summer to finish his degree.

"Which taking those (19 credits) over the course of the summer, my school wouldn't even let me take that many credits without getting it signed off by the Dean," Crandall said. "When I tell people I'm busy, I'm doing school. I've had a crazy amount of school work I had to do over the summer."

Crandall said he expects to arrive on the Spokane campus in the first week of October to begin grad school and work toward a master's degree. Online graduate classes for second session begin Oct. 23 and conclude Dec. 14.

During the podcast, Crandall said he wasn't pleased with the direction at UND, specifically the recruiting.

"The bigger part (of last year's disappointing season) wasn't purely basketball," Crandall said. "People didn't get along and weren't invested in the team."

The Zags open the season Nov. 1 with an exhibition game against Central Washington before embarking on the regular season Nov. 6 against Idaho State.

Tom Miller

Miller has been with the Grand Forks Herald sports department since 2004. He's also a Grand Forks native and UND graduate. 

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