Kansas Basketball Coach Bill Self's Comments on Arterio Morris


Kansas Basketball Coach Bill Self’s Comments on Arterio Morris

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self, who had once expressed great enthusiasm for Texas transfer guard Arterio Morris just a few months ago, delivered somber and concise news on Friday regarding Morris’s departure from the Jayhawks.

Morris’s dismissal follows his arrest on Friday on rape charges related to an incident that occurred on August 26th at McCarthy Hall on the KU campus. McCarthy Hall, situated in close proximity to Allen Fieldhouse, serves as the residence for members of the Jayhawk basketball team and other students.

When the incident took place two weeks ago, Morris was initially suspended from the team.

This isn’t the only legal trouble Morris has encountered. Earlier this month, he entered a no-contest plea to a Class C misdemeanor for assault, stemming from a June 2022 arrest related to an alleged altercation with an ex-girlfriend.

The original charge for the 2022 incident, which occurred before his college career at Texas, was a Class A misdemeanor.

Morris, a 6-foot-4, 195-pound former McDonald’s All-American hailing from Kimball High School in Dallas, completed his freshman year at Texas, where he averaged 4.6 points and 1.4 rebounds per game with the Longhorns.

In early May, Morris announced his commitment and transfer to KU.

Bill Self, who had previously expressed excitement about Morris’s addition to the Jayhawk roster, released a statement on Friday regarding Morris’s dismissal from the team:

“When we learned of allegations regarding Arterio Morris, he was suspended from the Kansas men’s basketball program,” Self stated. “We are now aware he has been arrested and charged, and he was dismissed from the program.

“As this is an ongoing legal matter, we are not able to comment further at this time.

In stark contrast to this announcement, when Kansas basketball coach Bill Self had originally introduced Texas transfer Arterio Morris to the Jayhawk roster last May, he had done so with great enthusiasm.



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