After 3 years and at at times difficult road as the KU starting point guard, Naadir Tharpe issued the following statement, "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."
Tharpe's departure could sway Devonte Graham, the top unsigned player in the 2014 class, to choose Kansas. The 6-2 guard narrowed his choices Wednesday to the Jayhawks and North Carolina State, though it's unknown when he plans to make a decision.
In 2013-14, Tharpe went on to earn his first All-Big 12 accolades, being named to honorable mention team after averaging 5.0 assists per game to rank third in the league. His 2.43 assist-to-turnover ratio also checked in third in the conference for the second-straight season. For his career, Tharpe played in 103 games for KU with 31 starts. He averaged 5.5 minutes during KU's 2011-12 Final Four season and 19.4 minutes with a 5.5 scoring average his sophomore season in 2012-13. He averaged 5.1 points for his career and his 304 assists were 18 shy of KU's top-20 list.
Tharpe’s career at KU has not been without it’s difficult moments. He was suspended for last season's opener after playing in an unauthorized summer league game. He also was seen with a partially nude woman in a photograph that circulated on social media after the season. Tharpe’s on-the-field play and lack of consistency at times created a question mark for the leadership position on the court as Bill Self was left to explore other options before settling on Tharpe for the permanent point guard.
Tharpe’s departure is met with mixed reactions on social media with some content with his decision to leave with his past problems, and many wishing him and his daughter well in their walk through her health issues.
"I enjoyed my time here," Tharpe said. "I appreciate the players that were here before me that I got a chance to play with and that are still friends with me right now. It's going to be tough leaving a situation like this because of the teammates I'm leaving behind. Everything happens for a reason and I have to continue my journey a different way."