Guard Naadir Tharpe to leave KU

Published On: May 01 2014 01:54:22 PM CDT   Updated On: May 01 2014 03:26:12 PM CDT

Kansas point guard Naadir Tharpe, who started 30 games during last year's Big 12 title run, will not be returning to the Kansas University men's basketball program according to head coach Bill Self.

The announcement was made on Thursday afternoon.

Tharpe said in a press release sent out by the Universities Athletics Center that "due to extenuating circumstances within my personal life, I will no longer be attending the University of Kansas."

Tharpe's daughter was born during his freshman season. The University says he held down all three roles of student, athlete and father since then.

The 5-foot-11 guard averaged 8.5 points and 5.0 assists while helping the Jayhawks to a 25-10 record as a junior last season. They lost to Stanford in the third round of the NCAA tournament.

Tharpe was suspended for last season's opener after playing in an unauthorized summer league game. He also was seen in a lewd photograph that circulated on social media that prompted coach Bill Self to say he was "extremely disappointed."