Darian Harris’ decision to leave the Creighton basketball program gives the Bluejays a much-needed scholarship as they attempt to upgrade their talent.

Creighton coach Greg McDermott confirmed Saturday that Harris, a 6-foot-6 guard, has decided to transfer. The freshman from Springdale, Ark., redshirted this season.

“Darian has decided to pursue a school closer to home that would offer a better chance for immediate playing time,’’ McDermott told The World-Herald. “We appreciate his efforts this season and wish him all the best moving forward.’’

Attempts to reach Harris on Saturday were unsuccessful.

Harris and Toby Hegner, another freshman who redshirted this season, committed to the Bluejays in the summer of 2012 when Creighton was still a member of the Missouri Valley Conference. By the time they arrived on campus last June, Creighton was on the verge of becoming a member of the reconfigured Big East.

Creighton has tried to upgrade its recruiting efforts since joining the new league. The two high school players it signed last fall — Ronnie Harrell of Denver and Leon Gilmore III of Manvel, Texas — are both considered top 150 recruits by several recruiting services.