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KU fans unload on NCAA after Billy Preston leaves for Bosnian team

KU coach Bill Self speaks about Billy Preston leaving the Jayhawks

KU basketball coach Bill Self talked Saturday night, Jan. 20, after KU beat Baylor, about Billy Preston leaving the team to play professionally in Bosnia.
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KU basketball coach Bill Self talked Saturday night, Jan. 20, after KU beat Baylor, about Billy Preston leaving the team to play professionally in Bosnia.

The Billy Preston saga abruptly ended on Saturday morning.

Preston, a freshman forward, signed with BC Ikogea in Bosnia, and that ended the process of him waiting for his amateur status to be cleared by the NCAA.

Preston, who was Rivals.com’s eighth-ranked player in the class of 2017, never played in the Jayhawks’ 18 regular-season games, because KU looked into the “financial picture” regarding his vehicle after a one-car accident on campus and later sent its findings to the NCAA.

The NCAA never issued a ruling on Preston’s eligibility, and so he made the move overseas.

“My family and I have decided that it is in my best interest to sign with BC ikogea of the Adriatic League in Bosnia,” Preston wrote in a Twitter statement. “We have fully cooperated with the NCAA and were prepared to continue but it has been 67 days since this process began, and there is no end in sight.”

Many KU fans were not happy with the NCAA.

Other Jayhawks fans simply wished Preston good luck with his new team:

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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