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Bill Self suspends freshman Billy Preston from opener for missing curfew, class

Kansas coach Bill Self (left) suspended freshman Billy Preston from Friday’s season opener for missing curfew.
Kansas coach Bill Self (left) suspended freshman Billy Preston from Friday’s season opener for missing curfew. rsugg@kcstar.com

Kansas freshman Billy Preston was suspended for the season opener Friday night against Tennessee State for a violation of team rules, KU announced before the game.

Preston, a 6-foot-10 forward, missed curfew on Thursday night and also did not attend class Friday, according to a release on KU basketball’s official Twitter account. That left KU with only seven scholarship players available — and nine overall — for its first game.

Preston, a McDonald’s All-American and five-star recruit, averaged 11 points and 3.7 rebounds in the Jayhawks’ three exhibition games.

Guard Malik Newman did not start for KU because of a coach’s decision. He checked in for the Jayhawks at the 15:31 mark of the first half.

Jesse Newell: 816-234-4759, @jessenewell

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