Whitman leaves KU basketball team

By Steve Sell
July 20, 2017

LAWRENCE — You can’t miss what you never really had.

According to multiple sources, graduate transfer Jack Whitman is leaving the Kansas basketball program before he ever played a game as a Jayhawk.

ESPN’s Jeff Goodman broke the story that the 6-9 and 235-pound Whitman, who had played at William and Mary, has left school and not yet decided if he’ll go elsewhere and play. He reportedly informed KU coach Bill Self of his decision on Wednesday.

Whitman already has graduated from William and Mary, which is why he was immediately eligible for the Jayhawks.

Whitman’s departure leaves KU threadbare in the frontcourt with just Udoka Azubuike, Mitch Lightfoot and freshman Billy Preston as inside players, and Preston is considered more of a 4-type.

KU will have only eight scholarship players on its roster for the first semester. Sam Cunliffe, a transfer from Arizona State, becomes eligible in mid-December.