Omar Wilkes to Transfer
“Omar and I visited Tuesday,” Self said. “He told me of some concerns about his situation here at Kansas -- primarily being so far away from home. He and I discussed it at length, and we decided we would talk about it again after the team’s awards ceremony. We have now had the opportunity to meet again, and Omar has made a decision to transfer back closer to home. It goes without saying Omar is one of the best young men that I’ve had the opportunity to coach. He went through some typical freshman struggles in which he didn’t play as much as I’m sure he would have liked over the course of the season, but certainly his presence was felt and he impacted our basketball team. Omar did very well in school, and I really believe he is going to be an excellent college basketball player. Unfortunately for Kansas, it will now happen on the west coast.”
A 6-4 guard from Los Angeles, Calif., Wilkes saw action in 21 games in 2003-04, averaging 1.4 points and 0.9 rebounds per game in 3.5 minutes per contest.
“I’m leaving KU with absolutely no ill will toward any of the players or staff,” Wilkes said. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here, and I’ve built many great relationships which I’m sure I will continue on a personal level off the court now. However, I believe it’s in my best interest to pursue my education and my basketball career closer to home where I can interact more with my family and feel more comfortable.”
Kansas forword Moulaye Niang has also been granted his release from the University of Kansas. That story is here.