Even though we are still a few months away from the start of basketball season, several former Kansas Jayhawk basketball players made the news this week.
The all-time shot blocker at the University of Kansas, Jeff Withey, has been traded to the New Orleans Pelicans. In New Orleans, Withey will have an opportunity to back up another terrific shot blocker in Anthony Davis.
In a three-team deal, Withey will head to New Orleans with Sacramento King Tyreke Evans. New Orleans will send Greivis Vasquez to the Kings while Terrell Harris and Robin Lopez go to Portland. Under NBA rules, trades do not become official until July 1oth.
Another former Jayhawk, Brandon Rush, was included in a trade between the Golden State Warriors and the Utah Jazz. Rush’s Warrior teammates, Richard Jefferson and Andris Biedrins, will join Rush in his move to Utah. the Warriors also received two first-round draft picks in the deal that sent Kevin Murphy to olden State. The move frees up money for Golden to to pursue free agent Andre Iguodala.
Rush missed all but two games last season with a knee injury. In 5 NBA seasons with Indiana and Golden State, Rush has averaged 9.1 points per game, and 3.6 rebounds, while averaging nearly 27 minutes.
In other Jayhawk news, former guard Rio Adams has finally enrolled at another school. Adams, who was seldom used the past season with the Jayhawks, announced after Kansas’ loss to Michigan that he would not return to the team, but would transfer. Later, during the week leading up to the Final Four, Adams had an initial change of mind. After a meeting with Head Coach Bill Self tough, Adams decided to transfer after all.
Adams evidently had trouble finding a team that would be the right fit but after three months of searching, it was announced he would enroll at Ohio University and join their program.
While Adams looked to be an athletic player with some serious basketball skills, he was never able to earn minutes for the Jayhawks, Maturity, on and off the court, may have played a large part in his lack of playing time at Kansas, as well as in his departure from the Jayhawk program. As per NCAA transfer rules, Adams must sit out a full year, though he is able to practice with his new team. Adams obviously has talent and it would not be surprising if he excels at Ohio for the Bobcats. Look for Adams to be a major cog there during his three remaining years of eligibility.
KC Kingdom wishes each of these former Jayhawks good luck in their new locations.