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Bill Self Cracks Open Door For Potential Lagerald Vick Return To Kansas

Lagerald Vick with both of his hands on his head.

WICHITA, KS - MARCH 17: Lagerald Vick #2 of the Kansas Jayhawks reacts as they take on the Seton Hall Pirates in the first half during the second round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at INTRUST Bank Arena on March 17, 2018 in Wichita, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Lagerald Vick won't be in the NBA Draft tomorrow night, but it also doesn't seem like a return to Kansas is in the cards either. However, Bill Self spoke about his (likely) former star guard on Tuesday, and acknowledged the slight possibility that he could return to Lawrence.

As a junior, Vick averaged 12.1 points and 4.8 rebounds for the Jayhawks. He shot 48.8-percent from the field, and 37.3-percent from three, and was one of the three backcourt standouts for the team, along with senior Devonte' Graham and point guard Malik Newman.

He declared for the draft on April 6. While he made sure to note that he was not hiring an agent, it sounded pretty definitive that he was leaving.

Apparently Self felt that way as well. From the Lawrence Journal-World:

“Nothing, as of now, has changed in my mind,” Self said Tuesday. “We recruited with the idea of him not being here. We signed a young man late with the idea of him not being here. So there’s some things we’ll have to talk about. ... It has been cut and dry in my eye. Maybe not in their eyes.”

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“We like Lagerald and the thought was, when he declared, that his time at KU would be done either way,” Self said. “So that’s something that I’ll visit with him and his mother about. But at this point in time, it hasn’t been decided, nor has he told us positively or whatever (that he wants to come back). I just think he wants to be able to sit down with us and be able to go over future options and if there are any here.

Bill Self clearly doesn't expect to have Lagerald Vick back with the team, but he is open to speaking with the guard and his mother.

“I think we owe it to each other to at least sit down and visit,” Self said Tuesday afternoon during a joint news conference with recent gold medalist and KU freshman Quentin Grimes. “We’ve been through too much together (in) three years and had quite a bit of success, and I think we definitely need to do that.”

If he doesn't return to Kansas, there are a few options for Vick. He could go right to the G-League for a year, ahead of the 2019 NBA Draft. He could also go overseas, though Vick is reportedly not interested in that option. There is also the chance that he could transfer to another college, but that may come with some other hurdles to clear.

[Lawrence Journal-World]