Kansas Forward Jack Whitman Reportedly Leaving School After Transferring In

Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistJuly 19, 2017

DURHAM, NC - NOVEMBER 23: Jack Whitman #41 of the William & Mary Tribe concentrates at the free-throw line against the Duke Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium on November 23, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina. Duke won 88-67. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
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Forward Jack Whitman is not expected to play for the Kansas Jayhawks next season after he announced his intention to transfer to the program in May, according to ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman

A graduate transfer who formerly suited up for William & Mary, Whitman averaged 5.5 points and 3.6 rebounds per game in three seasons with the Tribe.                        

"We were thin up front and looking to add somebody that would be eligible immediately and was experienced," Kansas head coach Bill Self said after Whitman committed to the Jayhawks, per the Kansas City Star's Jesse Newell. "Somebody that is a little bit older, that understands the game and can come in and play a role with us in our big positions."

The Jayhawks were in desperate need of veteran frontcourt depth following Carlton Bragg's transfer and Landen Lucas' departure after his senior season, which means the onus will be on a handful of young bigs to hold down the fort. 

Specifically, it will be up to incoming 5-star Oak Hill Academy product Billy Preston and former 4-star stud Udoka Azubuike to form a dynamic one-two punch as Self searches for a new front-line platoon that can hold its own against the Big 12's best.