LAWRENCE — Kansas freshman guard Rio Adams is leaving the program after one season.
KU coach Bill Self confirmed on Tuesday night that Adams had informed him of his decision to transfer and that the split was amicable. Self said Adams would receive his official release on Wednesday.
Adams had previously announced his decision on his Twitter account (@WarLordRio) on Tuesday night.
“I’m transferring to another school and will be getting released Tomorrow...” Adams wrote. “I love this team no matter what !!! I’ve learned a lot here!!”
Adams, a Seattle native, averaged 1.1 points in 3.5 minutes per game during his freshman season. He played sparingly, stuck behind a veteran backcourt that also included freshman All-American Ben McLemore. He used his Twitter account to vent frustration at his lack of playing time before a Big 12 Conference game at Oklahoma State. Self expressed his disappointment in the tweets after the game.
“I’m disappointed he’d say anything negative,” Self said. “He will not be doing anything negative in the future or he won’t be around. I read them. They were not the best in the world, (but) they were not the worst, either.”
An athletic combo guard, Adams was rated as the 98th-best player in the country by Rivals.com during his senior year at Rainier Beach High in Seattle. Adams’ departure leaves Kansas with two open scholarships for next season. That could become three if McLemore chooses to leave early for the NBA.
The Jayhawks have signed four guards in the incoming 2013 class. The class includes Wichita guard Conner Frankamp and combo guard Wayne Selden, who will compete in the McDonald’s All-American Game on Wednesday in Chicago.