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Thursday / February 2.
  • Sam Cunliffe to Leave Kansas

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    Junior guard Sam Cunliffe will transfer from the Kansas basketball program, coach Bill Self announced Monday.

    “After the season I was exploring my options, trying to do what’s best,” Cunliffe said in a release. “I wasn’t for sure if I wanted to go but I needed to see it out and go until I came to a clear decision.”

    “After going through (summer) workouts with the team and talking with the coaches and my family, we all agreed that this is the best decision for me, to go play somewhere else. I know now having gone through this process.”

    Cunliffe spent the first semester of his freshman season with Arizona State, before transferring to Kansas. He sat out a spring and fall semester before he was able to play at KU.

    He averaged 4.9 minutes and 1.9 points in 15 games last season for the Jayhawks.

    “I have loved every moment that I have been at Kansas,” Cunliffe said. “Even though I didn’t get to play as much as I wanted to, I have lifelong friends here. I am cool with the coaches. I don’t have any bad blood. I want to thank Coach Self, Coach [Kurtis] Townsend, all my coaches, all the academic people, the fans and everybody who’s put time into helping me. I’ve become a better player and a better student in my time here.”

    Cunliffe’s decision was likely impacted by the unexpected return of senior guard LaGerald Vick last month.

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