KU Basketball: Jack Whitman backs out of Kansas University completely

LAWRENCE, KS - DECEMBER 05: Kansas Jayhawks fans attempt to distract a free throw by Tommy McCarthy
LAWRENCE, KS - DECEMBER 05: Kansas Jayhawks fans attempt to distract a free throw by Tommy McCarthy /

Surprising news broke for KU Basketball, as former William and Mary forward Jack Whitman has announced he will no longer partake in school at KU. This also includes his participation in all athletic programs.

Sounds like KU Basketball is being dealt blows well before the season starts. The Kansas Jayhawks just received some very surprising news about one of their new players. Former William and Mary forward Jack Whitman has decided to leave school and discontinue his participation in any athletic events involved with KU via ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.

This comes as very shocking news. Especially since KU Basketball has had multiple successes on the transfer market. Players like Dedric Lawson, K.J. Lawson, and Charlie Moore were all considered big transfer pickups for the Jayhawks. Now they fall one short on the transfer market with the loss of Jack Whitman.

The best definition for this loss is just head scratching. Whitman was projected to be an important part of the seniority on the Jayhawks’ frontcourt where they are seeing experience shortages. Considering that the Jayhawks recently lost Carlton Bragg to the transfer market along with Dwight Coleby, there will most definitely be a void down low.

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While the loss of seniority will be felt by the Jayhawks’ frontcourt, it is not the end of the world. It may be more of a blow to the roster than Coleby, but Whitman is not a total necessary add. The Jayhawks still have the monster down low in Udoka Azubuike, along with freshman phenom Billy Preston.

Even though Jack Whitman leaving the school is completely head scratching, there are reasons for everything. Most likely, there are internal issues to this situation. Whether that deals with player conflict, playing time conflict, or secret meetings with other schools is yet to be seen. Hopefully Bill Self has other players in mind to lead KU in the frontcourt.

Again, this is not panic mode for the Jayhawks. There are plenty of great players still on this roster extremely capable of winning a national championship. while losing Jack Whitman is unfortunate, it does negate the quality of this team. In my opinion, Azubuike is the true star of this frontcourt and should be the ultimate go to in the post.

Let me remind you also that the Jayhawks have recently killed it on the transfer trail. This should be seen as a minimal loss to the team. Even though it may be completely shocking, Whitman is replaceable. Considering how good the Jayhawks have been doing on the transfer market Whitman may be replaced sooner then you know it. Rock Chalk!