Former Lexington Catholic basketball star Jack Whitman will suit up for the University of Kansas in the fall.
ESPN reporter Jeff Goodman reported Tuesday that Whitman, a graduate transfer from William & Mary, will play the 2017-18 season at Kansas. He will be eligible immediately.
“Gives the Jayhawks depth up front,” Goodman wrote in a tweet reporting the news.
The Kansas City Star’s Gary Bedore reported that Whitman decided to transfer “about a month and a half ago” and had set up visits with Clemson, North Carolina and George Washington.
“Kansas I felt was the right fit. I didn’t need to visit,” Whitman told The Star. “I will work as hard as I possibly can to earn whatever I can. I’m not expecting to play any certain number of minutes. I’m excited. An opportunity like this to play at Kansas doesn’t come often.
“I’m looking forward to getting out there. I don’t know any of the current players. I’m looking forward to being part of the tradition next year.”
Whitman was an All-State first-team selection in the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons. As a senior he averaged 18.4 points and 8.9 rebounds and led Lexington Catholic to the 11th Region finals, where the Knights fell to eventual state champion Madison Central.
The 6-foot-9 forward is coming off a career year at William & Mary, where he was a redshirt junior last season. He averaged 10.1 points and 5.4 rebounds for the Tribe. He shot a team-best 66 percent from the field and blocked 34 shots, second most on the team.