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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Walk-on Josh Pollard to leave KU basketball team

Non-scholarship player likely to continue career closer to Utah home

Kansas University freshman walk-on Josh Pollard is pictured Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, at Allen Fieldhouse. Pollard is the nephew of former Kansas standout Scot Pollard.

Kansas University freshman walk-on Josh Pollard is pictured Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, at Allen Fieldhouse. Pollard is the nephew of former Kansas standout Scot Pollard.

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Kansas University freshman non-scholarship basketball player Josh Pollard has decided to leave KU after one season and continue his career closer to his Utah home, coach Bill Self said today.

Pollard, a 6-4 sophomore to be, played in seven games in 2014-15. He recorded his first career points in the second round of the NCAA Tournament against New Mexico. He had two points and a rebound on the season.

Walk-on Pollard hails from Cedar Hills, Utah, thus has to pay out of state tuition to attend KU.

“He’s going to go back and be closer to home and play in state. He’s trying to work that out,” Self said.

“I love him. We all do. We didn’t want him to leave. Due to a family commitment it was best that he did, best for him. He’s going to be very successful in anything he wants to do. It’s certainly our loss but we wish him the best.”

Pollard helped Orem High School to its first-ever Class 4A state championship in 2011-12. He averaged 8.8 points his senior year.

Self said the Jayhawks were not looking to add any walk-ons at this time.

Comments

Brian Wilson 7 years, 1 month ago

Kind of a big loss as he will always be a part of the Jayhawk family.. I think he might of eventually made some on the court impact by his senior year. But, he might start somewhere else after having practiced for a year with KU, he might eventually have an opportunity to play internationally, and he also will probably be able to get a scholarship somewhere else. Plus going home near family and it's all positives for Josh. I wish him the best of luck and a great future.

Brad Wandell 7 years, 1 month ago

There was never a snowball's chance in hell that Pollard was going to be a part of the rotation. Not sophomore year, not junior year, not senior year. Never.

Don Everett 7 years, 1 month ago

Gellar, do you wake up a jerk or do you take pills to be one?

Rodney Crain 7 years, 1 month ago

Wow, maybe he was serious why so much anger Don, oh I see Brett is with you, got it. Everything makes sense now.

Aaron Paisley 7 years, 1 month ago

Sounds like Pollard is getting ready to go on his Mormon mission.

Mike Riches 7 years, 1 month ago

He actually already completed his mission before coming to KU.

Joe Ross 7 years, 1 month ago

Does anyone know if Paschal Chukwu visited or not?

Adam Tyler 7 years, 1 month ago

This was from yesterday, and Adam Zagoria is a reputable source.

Adam Tyler 7 years, 1 month ago

Sorry it's so small. Just click the picture to enlarge it.

Kay Jensen 7 years, 1 month ago

Totes Mormon. Always be a Jayhawk, though! Wishing you great success, Josh!

Rodney Pain 7 years, 1 month ago

He seems like a nice young man. We wish you well, Josh.

Jay Scott 7 years, 1 month ago

Is anyone who types "lol" ever actually laughing out loud? Ever? No. Not ever. It's just a way to show that you're a teenager...

Adam Tyler 7 years, 1 month ago

I LOL every day. Sometimes after reading, other times after watching something.

Comedy brings joy to my life.

I'm sorry the term LOL bugs you so much.

Get over it or STFU :)

Jay Scott 7 years, 1 month ago

"He seems like a nice young man. We wish you well, Josh."

This makes you "LOL"? That's a disorder, not a sense of humor.

Rodney Crain 7 years, 1 month ago

Jay lots of children on here, what can you do? Just pat them on the head and hope they grow up someday. Alas some never do.

Ron Sterling 7 years, 1 month ago

I've seen you type lol on lots of posts, Rodney...

Adam Tyler 7 years, 1 month ago

Just yesterday Rodney had a post that was simply the phrase "LOL"

Nothing else.

Maybe we should pat you on the head, Rodney. I have a soft spot in my heart for folks with dementia.

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