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Kansas Forward Jack Whitman Leaves Program 2 Months After Transferring In

Jack Whitman was supposed to be an important role player for Kansas after transferring in from William & Mary. Now, he is leaving the program after less than three months.

Whitman, a 6-foot-9 forward from Lexington, Kentucky averaged 10.1 points and 5.4 rebounds for the Tribe last season.

In early May, Whitman committed to Kansas over Clemson, George Washington, and North Carolina.

Kansas is set to leave for a trip to Italy, where it will play a set of exhibition games, in less than two weeks.

ESPN's Jeff Goodman first broke the news late Wednesday night.

https://twitter.com/GoodmanESPN/status/887860699698999296

The unexpected departure leaves Kansas without much depth, especially in the front court. The Jayhawks will only have eight scholarship players eligible in the first semester, before mid-year Arizona State transfer Sam Cunliffe becomes eligible for the second semester.

Even so, the only true bigs that are available for the Jayhawks this year are seven-foot sophomore Udoka Azubuike, who played sparingly in 11 games last season, sophomore Mitch Lightfoot, whose career high in scoring is five points and only played double digit minutes once, and freshman Billy Preston.

It's going to be an interesting season in that regard for Kansas. And the Jayhawks will probably still win the Big 12.