Preston, a 6-foot-10 McDonald’s All-American ranked 18th in his class by ESPN.com, practiced with Kansas this season but never played. He was held out as the university’s compliance department sought to get a “clearer financial picture” following a single-car incident involving Preston in October. The school said Preston’s car hit a curb, causing minor damage to the tires. No police report was filed.
Only five games left in the Adriatic League season, so very short turnaround for Preston to show himself against legit competition. Then it’s onto the Bosnian league, which is a pretty weak and obscure league. Something tells me thus adventure won’t last long.— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) January 20, 2018
Kansas coach Bill Self had said the situation was out of Kansas’ hands — and rested with the NCAA.
Billy Preston yet another player caught up in the FBI/DOJ NCAA scandal. Paper trail leading back to adidas was likely too much for Kansas to risk considering the limited reward.— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) January 20, 2018
“I can confirm that Billy Preston is foregoing his eligibility to play at Kansas and has signed with a professional team in Bosnia,” Self said in a statement. “Billy’s family has been very upfront telling us that his first choice was to stay at Kansas, but with the uncertainty of the situation they needed to look at other potential options. This opportunity in Bosnia came with a deadline for a decision, and the family reached that decision Friday afternoon.
“We are all disappointed that Billy never had the opportunity to experience college basketball competition but we certainly support him and wish him the best. Although he has been frustrated with the situation, Billy’s attitude has been tremendous and he has developed as a person and as a player. I’m sure that will continue as he prepares for his professional career.”