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Ex-Kansas G Tharpe headed to D-League

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jul 09 2014 01:43:32 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 09 2014 03:59:04 PM CDT
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Former Kansas guard Naadir Tharpe has decided to forgo his final season of college eligibility and play in the NBA's Development League, reported Wednesday.

Tharpe announced in May his decision to transfer to another school.

"I didn't want to sit out," Tharpe told "At this point, I'd rather just try the D-League instead of sitting out a year to play a year (in college)."

Tharpe left Kansas after playing three seasons for coach Bill Self, including a stint as the starting point guard during his junior year.

In a joint statement with Self released on May 1, Tharpe said he was leaving Kansas to be closer to his 2-year-old daughter, Amara Grace, who had battled health issues during his time in college. Tharpe, a native of Worcester, Mass., said at the time he was interested in playing somewhere closer to home.

Tharpe averaged 8.5 points and 5.0 assists last season for the Jayhawks.