Transfer forward Dedric Lawson will not travel with the team for next week's four-game exhibition tour in Italy because of a recent incident in practice. "An altercation occurred and he didn't handle it well, and that's certainly the case with that, (why) I made that decision".
Lawson, a former McDonald's All-American, is a transfer from Memphis and is scheduled to sit out the 2017-2018 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
Self said he still fully expects Lawson, who averaged 19.2 points and 9.9 rebounds as a sophomore at Memphis, to be ready to return to the program when classes get underway.
One day before his team boards a plane for Italy, Kansas coach Bill Self revealed that the Jayhawks' flight overseas would be one body lighter.
The KU spokesperson said the suspension will end on August 21 when the new semester begins. He's in school. He'll be here whenever school starts. "But he's aware that he didn't handle the situation well, so he's been suspended for the trip". Self said those two should benefit from playing, but likely not as much as newcomers such as Billy Preston and Marcus Garrett, who are expected to have large roles this coming season.
The Jayhawks are slated to arrive in Rome on August 1 with games scheduled for the following two days.