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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, October 31, 2019 6:40 pm

Elston departing Indiana

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

Derek Elston, Indiana basketball's director of player development since 2015-16, is leaving the program to take a job with United Fidelity Bank in Carmel. Elston, a Tipton native, played for the Hoosiers from 2009 to 2013, averaging 4.3 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. He was a member of the 2012-13 team that won the Big Ten and reached the Sweet 16. 

"I couldn't thank Coach (Tom) Crean enough for bringing me back and Coach (Archie) Miller for allowing me to continue to be part of the program and helping me grow as a professional," Elston said in a statement. "At this time in my life, I think this an opportunity that I believe is beneficial for my family and I can't pass up. I've loved working with our players and staff and I'm excited for what this group can accomplish this season and in the future."

The Hoosiers do not plan to replace Elston until after the season, so his duties, including  player mentoring, life skills programming and administrative operations, will be divided up among the staff for the rest of the season.

"Derek has been a loyal and invaluable member of our staff and we are excited for him and his new career path," Miller said in the statement. "He's had a great impact on what we are trying to do and we want nothing but the best for he and (his wife) Caroline and their family in the future."

Elston played professionally overseas in Malta, the United Kingdom and Portugal before returning to the Hoosiers' coaching staff.

dsinn@jg.net