Former Kansas University point guard Naadir Tharpe, who left KU this spring with the intent to transfer after three seasons with the Jayhawks, recently decided to forego his final season of college eligibility to turn pro instead. Saturday, he explained that becoming a KU graduate and finishing what he started, academically, played a huge role in his decision. By Matt Tait
Former Kansas University point guard Naadir Tharpe isn't transferring to a new college basketball program.
Providence and UMass have emerged as possible transfer destinations of former Kansas University point guard Naadir Tharpe. CBSsports.com’s Jeff Borzello tweeted on Tuesday that the 5-foot-11 Worcester, Massachusetts, native is being pursued by both schools. Playing overseas also was listed as an option for Tharpe, who announced his decision to transfer from KU on May 1. Basketball notes by Gary Bedore
Interviewing him for three years, I never once heard Naadir Tharpe say, “At this juncture.” But there it was in the press release announcing his transfer, so he absolutely, 100 percent must have said it. By Tom Keegan
Kansas University junior Naadir Tharpe is no longer a member of the Jayhawk team. By Gary Bedore
Kansas University junior point guard Naadir Tharpe will not return for his senior season, he and head coach Bill Self announced on Thursday.
The past two years, the Kansas University point-guard position has had something in common with the school’s quarterback spot. No matter the starter, the chorus crying for somebody else showed up ready to sing every game, just in case. Column by Tom Keegan
So far this season, Kansas University’s point guards have encountered difficulty preventing several opposing point guards from going where they want to go with the play and from playing at the pace they desire. Column by Tom Keegan
A question about Naadir Tharpe echoed through his first two seasons at KU: Was this a Kansas-caliber point guard capable of running a perennial college basketball powerhouse, or a shooting guard trapped in a point guard’s body struggling to find his shot? Finally, the doubt has vanished. Column by Tom Keegan
It’s always better to look ahead, as in all the way ahead to the Baylor game tonight in Allen Fieldhouse, where Naadir Tharpe will have an opportunity to show again how much progress since the beginning of the season he has made in attacking a zone defense. By Tom Keegan
Mired in a slump that cost him his starting job, Kansas University junior point guard Naadir Tharpe decided it was time for a one-on-one sit-down session with coach Bill Self. By Gary Bedore
It hasn’t taken Cameroon native Joel Embiid long to immerse himself in Kansas University’s basketball program. The 7-foot freshman on Wednesday invoked the name of a certain school located 85 miles down the road. “Definitely,” Emibiid first said, asked if the Jayhawks’ 90-83 victory over Oklahoma would spark a 10-4 KU team that’s off to a 1-0 start in league play after dropping four of the last eight games. “The next game we have is K-State, our rival, so we definitely will be fired up. We’ll be trying to get another win.” By Gary Bedore
Kansas University junior Naadir Tharpe knows why he was stripped of his starting point guard duties during recent nonconference basketball losses at Colorado and Florida. “I wasn’t doing anything to really help out the team, help out the guys,” Tharpe said after regaining his starting spot and playing 37 minutes in Saturday’s victory over New Mexico in Sprint Center. By Gary Bedore
Kansas University coach Bill Self expects more — much more — from point guard Naadir Tharpe in his junior season. “I need Naadir to be our most valuable player,” Self said Tuesday before the Coaches vs. Cancer Season Tipoff Reception at Municipal Auditorium. By Jesse Newell
While others sweated watching him, Kansas guard Naadir Tharpe played with the confidence of a man convinced that in the end everything would be just fine, says Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan.• Box score• Bill Self, KU players postgame audio