Kansas Forward Billy Preston's Mom Rips Critics, Tells Them to 'Be Quiet'

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJanuary 3, 2018

Kansas head coach Bill Self, left, talks with Kansas forward Billy Preston (23) during the first half of an exhibition NCAA college basketball game against Pittsburg State in Lawrence, Kan., Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
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Nicole Player, the mother of Kansas forward Billy Preston, tweeted about her impatience with her son's critics on Tuesday night:

Preston, a freshman forward for the Jayhawks, has yet to play for the team amidst an investigation into a car accident in November.

According to Myron Medcalf of ESPN.com, "In November, Bill Self told reporters the school's compliance staff wanted a 'clearer financial picture' about the car Preston was driving during the on-campus crash before it would allow him to play."

Player said her son was innocent of any violations, however:

Preston was a 5-star recruit in the class of 2017 and was considered the No. 22 player overall and the No. 8 power forward, according to 247Sports.com's composite rankings. He was the school's top incoming recruit and was expected to pair with the team's strong core that included Devonte' Graham, Lagerald Vick, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, Udoka Azubuike and Malik Newman.

Instead, Preston has remained sidelined, ostensibly while Kansas investigated the vehicle before reportedly sending the findings to the NCAA, according to Jesse Newell of the Kansas City Star.

"I feel much better in at least getting somewhat of an answer even if it's not a definitive one on what our next step will be with him soon," Self said last week, per Newell. "I do feel comfortable with that. Hopefully we'll hear something soon, our people will [hear something soon]."

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