CHICAGO — Kansas freshman Billy Preston was held out of Tuesday’s game against Kentucky.
KU basketball coach Bill Self explained the suspension in a statement posted to the KU men’s basketball’s Twitter page before the game. He said Preston was involved in a single-vehicle incident Saturday on KU’s campus that damaged his car but had no injuries.
“After I learned about the incident, I reported it to our administration,” Self said. “The administration determined that we needed a clearer financial picture specific to the vehicle. We decided to hold him out of tonight’s game and will continue to do that until the review is complete.”
Self said Preston was informed of the decision before the team’s pregame meal.
“Needless to say he was disappointed and crushed,” Self said. “He was very excited to make his KU debut. We hope to have the situation resolved as soon as possible.”
Preston tweeted a few times before Tuesday’s game, saying “wow” in one tweet and “Smh people love trying to see me fail” in another.
Preston, a 6-foot-10 forward, also sat out the Jayhawks’ season opener Friday after he was suspended for missing both curfew and class.
On Sunday, Self said on a teleconference that he had expected Preston to play against Kentucky.
“He had a great attitude (since Friday), but certainly, I think that we’ve still got a full day tomorrow,” Self said. “I’m certainly anticipating there being no issues, but I don’t want to positively say one way or another until I actually know for a fact.”