Naadir Tharpe will not be returning to Kansas for his senior season, head coach Bill Self announced Thursday. Tharpe looks to transfer closer to home to be near his young daughter who has battled health issues.
The announcement caps off a sometimes tough season on an off the court for Tharpe, who hopes that the move will be the catalyst in finishing his college basketball career on a positive note.
"Naadir and I have talked numerous times since he's been here about his role and about his situation back home with his daughter," 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."
Tharpe played in 103 games for Kansas 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. This past season, he earned all-Big 12 honorable mention status, averaging five assists a game.
"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.