Kansas coach Bill Self announced Wednesday that freshman standout Josh Jackson has been suspended for the Jayhawks’ Big 12 tournament opener after an incident that occurred last month.
Josh Jackson only has a few remaining games to wear the Kansas uniform before he is taken in the lottery of this summer’s NBA Draft. That number has decreased by one, though.
Jayhawks coach Bill Self released a statement Wednesday announcing Jackson’s suspension for the team’s Big 12 tournament opener Thursday. The one-game ban stems from an incident that occurred Feb. 2 that resulted in Jackson receiving three traffic violations.
According to court documents, Jackson backed into a parked car on campus and left the scene without reporting it. Jackson was issued citations Feb. 7 is scheduled to appear in court March 27, but what bothered Self the most is that Jackson kept the incident hidden until this week.
“Although Josh has acknowledged his responsibility and has handled it himself, he didn’t tell me about it until Monday,” Self said in the statement. “He should have left his contact information at the time and notified us immediately.”
This isn’t the first time Jackson has been in trouble. The freshman standout is schedule to appear in court April 12 on one charge of misdemeanor criminal property damage after Kansas women’s player McKenzie Calvert accused Jackson of causing damage to her car.
The legal issues overshadow what has been a fantastic season for Jackson, who likely will be one of the first players selected in the upcoming NBA Draft. Jackson is averaging 16.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists for No. 1 Kansas, which is considered a favorite to win the national championship.
Lagerald Vick will start in place of Jackson on Thursday when the Jayhawks face either TCU or Oklahoma. Jackson is expected to play if they reach the Big 12 tournament semifinals.