"During our season-ending meetings, Tyrone and Quintrell discussed their roles with me and have expressed their interest to transfer," Self said. "They have chosen to attend a university where they can have expanded roles.
"Tyrone and Quintrell played an integral part of our success in winning
the Big 12 title and advancing to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 this
past season," Self added. "We, as a staff, know whoever gets them will
be getting good, hardworking players. They have been fabulous young
men, good teammates and solid ambassadors for the university."
A junior from Gary, Ind., Tyrone Appleton played in 21 games last
season and averaged 2.2 minutes per contest. The 6-2 guard scored a
season-high four points against New Mexico State on Dec. 3, and against
Albany on Dec. 30. His most memorable game of the 2008-09 season came
when he logged six minutes against North Dakota State in the opening
round of the NCAA Tournament. Appleton transferred to Kansas from
Midland (Texas) College following his sophomore season.
"Kansas has been a great experience, one that I will never forget,"
Appleton said. "I enjoyed my teammates, coaches and the fans. I am just
looking for more time on the court and don't see it here. I want to be
able to have a solid senior season."
A freshman from Newark, N.J., Quintrell Thomas appeared in 26 games
last season and started the 2008-09 opener against UMKC. The 6-8
forward averaged 5.4 minutes, 1.5 points and 2.0 rebounds per game.
Thomas scored a season-high 10 points against New Mexico State (Dec. 3)
and had six games of four-plus rebounds, including seven against
Florida Gulf Coast and New Mexico State.
"Kansas has been great with the fans, my teammates and the tradition,"
Thomas said. "I think by transferring, I can find an expanded role
elsewhere. I want to thank the basketball staff and administration for
the opportunity to play at Kansas and have no ill feelings toward the
Appleton and Thomas Seek Transfers
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