Rio Adams, the KU freshman guard who had second thoughts about transferring last week, will not return to the Jayhawks for the 2013-14 season.
KU coach Bill Self said in a statement that he and Adams met today and "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.”
Last Wednesday, Self announced that Adams had been granted his release to look for another school. But on Thursday, Adams said on his Twitter account he wanted to stay at Kansas.
"I can't go I love my team too much," Adams tweeted late Thursday night, before adding: "I'm not going anywhere I'm a Jayhawk for life...."
Today, Adams had this to say on Twitter: "Transferring."
Adams’ exit leaves Kansas with two open scholarships for next season. And that number could become three if freshman guard Ben McLemore chooses to leave early for the NBA. (The Division I scholarship limit is 13.)
Self told The Star on Monday that KU was still actively looking to add at least one or two more players to its 2013 recruiting class.
"We're hopeful," Self said.
The Jayhawks are still in the running for No. 1 overall recruit Andrew Wiggins, a 6-foot-7 swingman from Huntington (W.Va.) Prep.
Kansas has already signed five players, including four guards, in the incoming 2013 class. The class features Wichita guard Conner Frankamp, combo guard Wayne Selden, Georgia wing Brannen Greene, point guard Frank Mason, and center Joel Embiid.