Thursday , Jun , 30 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Giddens leaving Kansas

Lawrence, KS (Sports Network) – Kansas junior forward J.R. Giddens has decided
to transfer, just over a month after he needed stitches to close a stab wound
in his calf.

Giddens was hurt during a fight outside a Lawrence bar on May 19.

“The last six weeks have been a difficult situation for all parties involved
following the May 19 incident,” said Kansas head coach Bill Self in a
statement on the school’s website. “J.R. and I have both taken enough time to
remove the emotion of the decision and come to the conclusion that a fresh
start for both parties would be best. We certainly appreciate his efforts the
last two years and wish him the best in his future.”

Giddens, who would have been Kansas’ leading returning scorer, has not yet
decided where to transfer.

As a sophomore last season, Giddens was the third-leading scorer for the
Jayhawks, averaging 10.1 points per game. The Oklahoma City native had a
better freshman season, when he averaged 11.3 points.

“With everything that has transpired with this situation, coach and I are in
total agreement that a fresh start would be best for Kansas and me,” Giddens
stated. “I’m sorry for what has transpired. Regardless of guilt or innocence,
I put our program and myself in a bad situation. That does not take away from
the fact that I loved my time here. I appreciate the support my teammates, the
coaching staff and fans have shown me.”

Giddens was Kansas’ top three-point shooter the past two seasons and his total
of 137 three-pointers made rank 10th on the Kansas all-time list.