Kansas coach Self on W&M graduate transfer Whitman

Kansas officially unveiled William and Mary graduate transfer Jack Whitman to its fans this week.

Whitman will graduate on Saturday and be eligible to play for the Jayhawks in the upcoming season after averaging 10.3 points and 5.3 rebounds for the Tribe last season.

Kansas coach Bill Self said in a kuathletics.com release, "We were thin up front and looking to add somebody that would be eligible immediately and was experienced. Somebody that is a little bit older, that understands the game and can come in and play a role with us in our big positions.

"We think Jack can certainly play the five but is a guy that can move away from the basket and play with a five. He's a great fit for what we need because we're going to be so young up front and he'll add some experience, hopefully like Tarik Black (during the 2013-14 season) did for us.”

Self went on to cite Whitman's explosiveness and ability to play above the rim. "He needs to continue and develop his game in order for him to have an opportunity to live out his individual dreams," Self said. "I think playing here, we'll move him around, he can become a guy that is more comfortable playing away from the basket.”

Copyright © 2019, The Virginia Gazette