The Kansas basketball team will be without star freshman Josh Jackson for the Big 12 Tournament opener.
On Wednesday, it was announced that the Jayhawks have suspended the 6-foot-8 guard as punishment for a February traffic stop in which Jackson fled the scene.
Jackson was also charged with misdemeanor property damage in February as the result of kicking a fellow student’s car.
Kansas head coach Bill Self issued a brief statement on the matter.
Bill Self suspends Josh Jackson for first game of Big 12 Championship following a traffic incident on Feb. 2. Statement via KU Athletics: pic.twitter.com/xGAAq6tgHv
— Alex McLoon (@AlexMcLoon) March 8, 2017
This season, Jackson is averaging 16.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game.
The Jayhawks will miss him on the court for the tournament opener, but they should be able to handle the winner of No. 8 TCU and No. 9 Oklahoma as overwhelming favorites.
Kansas’ game against either TCU or Oklahoma will take place on Thursday afternoon on ESPN2.