Kansas freshman Anrio Adams has been granted a release to transfer to another school in what Jayhawks coach Bill Self characterized as an amicable parting of ways.
The talented swingman from Seattle's Rainier Beach High School played in 24 games last season, averaging 3.5 minutes and scoring just 27 points. But Adams generated more buzz away from the court, where he once used Twitter to express his frustration over a lack of playing time.
Adams was stuck deep on the depth chart this season behind senior guards Elijah Johnson and Travis Releford and redshirt freshman Ben McLemore, a second-team All-American.
"Anrio is a very talented kid. We've enjoyed him being here," Self said Wednesday. "He was a good teammate, and I know frustration can set in when you don't play a lot, but he kept a good attitude and we should all support him in whatever decision he makes."
Adams showed why he was a highly sought recruit against Texas Tech in the Big 12 tournament, when he got on the floor with the game already out of hand. Adams was 4 of 5 from the field and finished with a season-high 11 points, all in the closing minutes.
"I've enjoyed every part of this year," Adams said. "I've definitely grown and matured from it. There were a lot of great moments and downfalls that made me better. I appreciated the team, the coaching staff and the fans a lot. This was an experience that I will probably never be able to see again. I'm happy I was able to play with this team and be part of something great."
The Jayhawks won a share of their ninth straight regular-season Big 12 title, rolled to the league tournament title and finished 31-6 after losing to Michigan in the regional semifinals.
Kansas could be forced to replace its entire starting lineup next year — along with Johnson and Releford, Jeff Withey and Kevin Young were also seniors, and McLemore is widely expected to be a first-round pick if he declares early for the NBA draft.
The Jayhawks already have commitments from four guards: Brannen Greene, Wayne Selden and Connor Frankamp, all rated in the top 50 by Rivals.com, and Frank Mason, who is rated in the top 150. Seven-footer Joel Embiied, another top-50 recruit, has also committed to the Jayhawks, and they're in the running for 6-7 forward Andrew Wiggins, perhaps the top prep player in the country.
That influx of freshmen, particularly in the backcourt, would have created another roadblock for Adams, who has not indicated where he intends to transfer.
"I feel like going home and playing closer is better for me and my family," he said. "This was definitely a family decision and it was a decision I wanted to do."