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Tharpe leaving Kansas

<p>Kansas point guard Naadir Tharpe has decided to leave school after three years for personal reasons.</p>

Lawrence, KS (SportsNetwork.com) - Kansas point guard Naadir Tharpe has decided to leave school after three years for personal reasons.

Tharpe averaged 8.5 points, 5.0 assists and 2.1 rebounds in 34 games last season. He helped the Jayhawks to a record of 25-10 overall and 14-4 in the Big 12 with a regular-season conference championship.

"I enjoyed my time here," said Tharpe on Thursday. "I appreciate the players that were here before me that I got a chance to play with and that are still friends with me right now. It's going to be tough leaving a situation like this because of the teammates I'm leaving behind. Everything happens for a reason and I have to continue my journey a different way."

Tharpe said family concerns were at the forefront of his decision. He became a father in January of his freshman season.

"My daughter has current medical issues that require weekly visits to her physician, as well as with a specialist," Tharpe said. "At this juncture, I feel it is best to be closer to home where I can assist and support in any way necessary."

Kansas coach Bill Self said it was a difficult decision.

"It's something that we 100 percent support and wish him nothing but the best," said Self. "I certainly appreciate all of his efforts since he's been here. Naadir has been a good player for us in his three years here. But we also respect the fact that he wants to be closer to his daughter and we want to do everything we can to support that."

Tharpe played in 103 games for KU with 31 starts and averaged 5.1 points.

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