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April 8, 2013On April 3, Bill Self announced that freshman guard Rio Adams had decided to transfer from Kansas. However, shortly thereafter, Adams had a change of heart, and announced his intentions to remain at Kansas via Twitter. On Monday afternoon, Self made the final decision.
"Anrio and I met today and discussed his feelings and how they have apparently changed," said Self. "We discussed everything and talked openly. Together we've come to the conclusion that it is in his best interest to pursue other opportunities and go to a place where he has the chance to really impact a program and, preferably, a school that is closer to home.
"This will allow him to redshirt and have another year to work toward graduating," he added.
This past season, Adams, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound guard from Seattle, Wash., averaged just 1.1 points, 0.3 rebounds, 0.3 assists and 0.3 steals per game. Appearing in 24 games, Adams scored a career-high 11 points against Texas Tech in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament.
However, on a number of occasions, Adams took to Twitter to vent his frustrations with his lack of playing time. While he arrived in Lawrence with high expectations, the transition from high school hoops to big-time college basketball was a difficult one for Adams, as is the case for many incoming freshman.
At one point in the season, Adams took to Twitter and stated he'd be playing significant minutes at almost any other Division I college basketball program, which probably caught Self, his staff and teammates by surprise.
With Adams set to transfer at the end of the semester, Kansas finds itself with an extra scholarship to use in the near future. With Wayne Selden, Brannen Greene, Conner Frankamp, Joel Embiid and Frank Mason already on board, Kansas has the second best recruiting class set to arrive in Lawrence in a few months.
The Jayhawks are very much in the running for Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 ranked prospect in the 2013 class, and are involved with a number of big-time prospects in the 2014 class.