Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Kansas junior point guard Naadir Tharpe will transfer, the school announced.
It was first reported by Jeff Goodman and Alex Kline.
The 5-foot-11 Worcester, Mass., native and former Brewster (N.H.) Academy floor general averaged 8.5 points and 5.0 assists last season, but Kansas’ point guard situation never appeared settled.
“Naadir and I have talked numerous times since he’s been here about his role and about his situation back home with his daughter,” Kansas coach Bill Self said in a statement. “He’s told me many times how much he misses his little girl and she’s had some health issues that has certainly made it difficult for him to be away from her for this extended period of time. She’s doing very well now, but Naadir approached me after the season was over about him wanting to be closer to her. This is his decision to try and accomplish that.”
Said Tharpe: “Due to extenuating circumstances within my personal life, I will no longer be attending the University of Kansas. My daughter has current medical issues that require weekly visits to her physician, as well as with a specialist. At this juncture, I feel it is best to be closer to home where I can assist and support in any way necessary.”
Kansas has Frank Mason and Conner Frankamp still in the fold and are in the mix for another Brewster point guard, Devonte’ Graham,who is down to Kansas and N.C. State.
Tharpe originally chose Kansas over Oklahoma and St. John’s.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.