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Suspended guard Amaad Wainright announces departure from K-State basketball team

Kansas State guard Amaad Wainright (23) is fouled by Oklahoma State guard Brandon Averette (0) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Manhattan, Kan., Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018.
Kansas State guard Amaad Wainright (23) is fouled by Oklahoma State guard Brandon Averette (0) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Manhattan, Kan., Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. AP

Kansas State guard Amaad Wainright, who was indefinitely suspended from the Wildcats' basketball team last week after being charged with two felonies, announced Friday that he has received a scholarship release from the school.

A junior, he will attempt to finish his college basketball career elsewhere next season.

"Just wanna (say) thank you to all my K-State family who supported me through this process and all my family and friends back in KC," Wainright wrote on Twitter. "I appreciate it all."

Wainright will leave K-State after spending one season with the Wildcats. He played in 36 games, averaging 2.8 points and 2.3 rebounds as a reserve. A Kansas City native, he transferred to K-State last summer from Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas. He is the younger brother of Ishmail Wainright, a former Baylor standout.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Just wanna day thank you to all my K-State family who supported me through this process and all my family and friends back in KC I appreciate it all I have my release and looking to continue my career else where thank you</p>&mdash; Amaad Wainright (@AmaadW) <a href="https://twitter.com/AmaadW/status/984868391726051328?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 13, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Amaad Wainright appeared on his way to another year in K-State's rotation until he was arrested on April 3 in Kansas City by U.S. Marshals and was charged in Johnson County with two felonies: obstructing law enforcement and fleeing or attempting to flee from police.

The charges stemmed from a Jan. 17 incident in Overland Park. The warrant was issued March 28, and the arrest was carried out by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force.

K-State AD Gene Taylor explains decision to suspend basketball player Amaad Wainright on April 3, 2018 after Wainright was charged with two felonies. Earlier this year, K-State had issued a statement saying it considered the matter closed.

Wainright missed one game last season after Overland Park police said a passenger in his car fired a handgun into the back seat of another car on Jan. 17. There were no arrests following the incident, but police investigated. Wainright was considered an “involved other” in the case, according to a copy of the incident report, which listed three crimes: aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, criminal damage to property (estimated at $1,500) and criminal discharge of a firearm.

The passenger, Trevon Barr, 23, of Kansas City, was charged in Johnson County District Court with aggravated assault, discharging a firearm into a motor vehicle and criminal damage to property.

The crimes were reported to be the result of a road-rage incident at about 5 p.m. along Interstate 435 between State Line and Roe in Overland Park.

K-State coach Bruce Weber chose not to play Wainright in the Wildcats' next game against TCU on Jan. 20 and later said his benching could be considered a suspension. At the time, a statement from the athletic department said it considered the matter closed.

He faced no further punishment until last week, when he was suspended following his arrest.

K-State appeared to move on from Wainright earlier this week when it signed junior-college forward Austin Trice without an open scholarship.

"We appreciate Amaad's contributions to our basketball program," Weber said in a statement on Friday, "and wish him the best of luck as he pursues his playing career elsewhere."

Kansas State basketball coach Bruce Weber talks about junior guard Amaad Wainright's arrest on Tuesday.

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