Graduate transfer Jack Whitman is leaving the Kansas basketball program, Coach Bill Self confirmed Thursday morning.
Whitman, a 6-foot-9 forward from Lexington Catholic High School in Kentucky, played the last three seasons at William & Mary before committing to KU in May.
“Jack called me last night and informed me that he would not be playing basketball at Kansas for his fifth year,” Self said. “I do not know what his plans are moving forward. All I know is he will not be part of our basketball program. We wish Jack the best with his future endeavors.”
Whitman’s departure leaves KU with a thin roster. The Jayhawks have only three big men who can play in 2017-18 and eight scholarship players eligible the first semester. Small forward Sam Cunliffe can play at the beginning of the second semester in mid-December.
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Whitman averaged 10.1 points (66.0 percent shooting; 59.7 percent from the line) and 5.4 rebounds a game last season. He was second on the team in blocks with 34.
Whitman said upon transferring from William & Mary that he came to Kansas for a couple of reasons.
“One, I didn’t have anything to do academically here next year for a master’s. Two, I wanted to get out and develop into more of a stretch 4 — an outside-oriented game to go with a face-up game. Kansas has great big men. I wanted to be part of that.”