Friday, September 20, 2019

Freshman PG Issac McBride leaves KU basketball

Kansas newcomer Issac McBride throws a pass during a scrimmage on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas newcomer Issac McBride throws a pass during a scrimmage on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse.


After a little more than three months with the University of Kansas basketball team, freshman Issac McBride decided the program wasn’t for him.

KU head coach Bill Self announced early Friday evening the point guard from Little Rock, Ark., was leaving the team and withdrawing from the university.

“We are all disappointed that Issac made this decision, basically on Tuesday,” Self stated in a KU release. “After discussing with his family, everybody came to the conclusion that this was not a good fit. We wish Issac the best.”

Within a few minutes of the announcement, McBride posted his thoughts on the matter through his Twitter account.

“I decided the program was not a good fit for me,” McBride reiterated in a note he wrote and posted. “I will continue to pursue a future basketball career. I would like to thank the basketball staff at KU. Most importantly, I would like to thank my family, especially my dad, who has supported me through this decision.”

McBride signed with KU last November. He arrived in Lawrence in June as a four-star prospect in the class of 2019 and the Arkansas Gatorade Player of the Year, following a standout high school career at Baptist Preparatory School.

McBride was expected to play as a backup point guard this coming season behind starter Devon Dotson. This past year, Dotson averaged 32.4 minutes a game.


Kevin John 1 year, 6 months ago

Probably showed weakness during boot camp and not dedicated enough to Commit to KU Basketball. I could see him being a liability on the defensive side of the ball, may be better suited for Pac12 ball. We need proven winners at KU Basketball, but give the young man credit for jumping ship as soon as he knew he couldn't cut it. Rock Chalk

Steve Corder 1 year, 6 months ago

“Probably”? Tell me, the winning lotto numbers...please!

Brett McCabe 1 year, 6 months ago

Good for you Issac. This program needs a power wash and it’s good that the student athletes are starting the cleaning.

Joe Black 1 year, 6 months ago

What the F** are you talking about! You have said some pretty stupid things in the past but this might be your number one asinine post..

Dirk Medema 1 year, 6 months ago

Joe, It's right in line with previous comments calling for Coach Self to be fired. Once Beaty was gone he had to switch to someone else.

Sae Thirtysix 1 year, 6 months ago

In a strange way, it is good to read the msg from Joe; in that BMcBoob is view by many as a dipstick. Almost surprised however B didn’t take a shot at the athlete - since that is also a big part of his modus operandi

Len Shaffer 1 year, 6 months ago

I always find it amusing how people speculate without having any clue what they're talking about. "Not a good fit" could mean any number of things, and it's completely unfair (Kevin) to make disparaging comments about someone's ability to withstand boot camp, etc. without having any idea whether that's true.

In any event, I wish him the best.

Greg Ledom 1 year, 6 months ago

Couldn’t agree more Len. Nothing like being a posting ass hat and kicking a teenager in the junk on his departure out the door. I mean none of us has ever gotten into anything and then realized it wasn’t what we expected and backed out........right? Sheesh.....

Ashwin Rao 1 year, 6 months ago

All the best Issac! I am sure you will get to some place that you are comfortable with.

Steven Haag 1 year, 6 months ago

Not sure of his reasoning, but Kansas is a blue blood. It was an honor to be offered a scholarship and I’m sure it wasn’t easy leading up to making that decision. Good for him having the intestinal fortitude to cut his ties. I do wish him well. I think we will be ok without him......but Dotson needs to stay healthy

Allan Olson 1 year, 6 months ago

Better this was done sooner than later. Seems like every season a committed recruit or current player opts after experiencing the level of talent they are competing against for playing at KU. Now the coaches can really go all out for the 4 and 5 stars' on the 2020 radar. Looks like the kid from Columbia, MO might not redshirt after all.

Dirk Medema 1 year, 6 months ago

There have been comments, as in the article, about Isaac being a backup PG, but Coach Self has also commented on him not being a PG. In that way he reminded me of Frank Mason, who also was not a PG when he arrived. To Frank’s credit he persevered and became a KU great.

Isaac also reminds me of Connor Frankamp. Another really good basketball player but with different ideas than Coach Self about how he wanted to play BB.

I also wonder how getting our new true PG on campus influenced the situation. That’s one thing that benefited Frank. He was it, especially after Tharpe left and Devonte was so willing and able to play in a support role.

Brian Wilson 1 year, 6 months ago

Huh....i would love to read where HCBS said he wasn't really a PG. That's hard to believe. McBride will not likely play at the next level at any other position IMO.

Post Dotson, Garrett will be around 2 more years and KU has a couple of 5 stars on the list for next year. So I am not really sure that KU has a better PG than McBride on the horizon. That being said......

I hope McBride is not predicting NCAA trouble ahead.

Dirk Medema 1 year, 6 months ago

There was one comment in June IIRC. I think he also made similar comments about Frank as a freshman. It's about being willing to be molded.

Have you seen Isaac play games, highlight tapes or are you just basing your comment on him being short?

Garrett is currently a Jr, so post Dotson he has at most 1 year, barring some freak, season ending injury.

The other true PG on the roster is Dajuan Harris, and as commented above, maybe he's not as likely to redshirt now.

M.E. Fisher 1 year, 6 months ago

I read the same thing. Self said that McBride was more of a 2guard than a point. Of course, in Self's system, there's only "Guards" and "Bigs" so it was strange he would make that distinction.

Layne Pierce 1 year, 6 months ago

It may just be that he saw the writing on the wall, and also realized that we have players potentially coming in, that are better than he is.

KU is not for those who doubt their abilities. Or are looking for a cushy situation,. till can;t help but wish him all the best in the future.


Mallory Briggans 1 year, 6 months ago

The NCAA is coming down on Kansas .......Duke did a inhouse investigation on Zion possibly receiving cash ..........Remarkably they found nothing ......go figure .....

Steve Quatrocky 1 year, 6 months ago

Or....pure speculation here...maybe they had the redshirt talk and this was the result? Afterall, Devon came back, will play 30+ MPG at the Point, and they have a ton of 2s and 3s, not to mention 4s and 5s, this year and more PGs on the recruiting radar. If not a redshirt issue, just the age old story of incoming Freshman who coming out of High School thought he's good enough to start is concerned with MPG now that he's seen the competition. Hope he goes to a little smaller school and gets a 4 year starting role.

Shannon Gustafson 1 year, 6 months ago

That can't be it because if he had an issue with sitting out a year, transferring forces him to also sit out a year. So why would he transfer to do the same thing he was trying to avoid here?

Steve Quatrocky 1 year, 6 months ago

His perspective is different regarding how he stacks up against this level of talent and has already seen that Bill isnt going to stop recruiting top point guards, leaving him in the same spot as this year. Could also be due to leak of NCAA Charges, afterall, the Star knew it early.

Mike Greer 1 year, 6 months ago

Team sports make it difficult for one to judge adequately, ones talent and where one might best fit on a new team. You see so many young players wanting to play on the best teams only to get the reality check, that this likely isn't where they fit the best. You see that with recruits that you miss out on and with incoming players. KU basketball is a program many aspire to, but only a few can make an impact. Many of these young players have great expectations for themselves, after all, they have been stars in their respective sports and schools. It's probably for the best McBride realized how he does or doesn't fit at KU.

Bj Cassady 1 year, 6 months ago

This is pure speculation. What if the kid is thinking about the impending NCAA investigation and the impact it may have on the program? I am sure other coaches have used that to negatively impact our recruiting. Maybe he just wants to jump ship and that is ok. In sports you are guilty until proven innocent.

Shannon Gustafson 1 year, 6 months ago

It was stated by Self that he made this decision 2 days before any news of an impending NCAA notice of allegations coming.

The reality is he likely felt like he wasn't good enough compared to the older guys, boot camp kicked his ass, and his parents helped him decide to leave.

Could also be that he came here to be the PG after Dotson leaves but then we picked up Harris and the staff is going hard after a lot of other PG's in 2020 so he decided to go somewhere else where he won't have to compete with so many other PG's.

It's no different than past players that said they nearly quit (like RussRob) but ultimately their family talked them out of it and it was the best decision in the end.

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