Kansas men's basketball player Bryce Thompson intends to transfer

An expected senior manager of the men's basketball team in Kansas next season will not be returning to the program.
Bryce Thompson, a 6-foot-5, 195-pound guard who has just completed his freshman campaign with the Jayhawks, has entered the transfer portal. Thompson, a five-star recruit who selected Kansas off Oklahoma, announced his decision on social media Tuesday. Thompson averaged 4.6 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 17.1 minutes per game in a season hampered by two major injuries.
Hailing from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Thompson is the fifth Jayhawk to enter the transfer portal this off-season. He joins reserve colleagues Tristan Enaruna, Tyon Grant-Foster, Gethro Muscadin and Latrell Jossell as players leaving the program.
Kansas security guard Bryce Thompson, who has just completed his first season, has decided to enter the transfer portal, Thompson announced in a social media post on Tuesday. Thompson, a former five-star recruit, averaged 4.6 points at 35.3% in 2020-21.
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"Although it was a difficult year for many reasons, I am grateful to have had the opportunity to play at the University of Kansas," Thompson wrote. "Thanks to Coach (Bill) Self and his staff, the doctors, coaches, my teammates and the fans for their support throughout the season."
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Thompson never got enough of a groove in Kansas to demonstrate the skills that made him the nation's # 21 recruit in the 2020 class, according to the 247Sports Composite.
After building a reputation as a dynamic offensive player in high school, Thompson shot just 35.3% overall, 22.2% from three-point range, and 64.7% from the free-throw line. Thompson, whose father Rod played for Self at Tulsa in the late 1990s, had double-digit results in the team's first four games but only hit that mark the rest of the way.
The security guard broke a vertebra in his lower back during the team's first training session after the winter break, an injury Thompson made out of the way for the team's next three competitions. Then, late in his return to action on Jan. 12 in the state of Oklahoma, Thompson broke his right index finger and vied for a loose ball. Thompson missed a month of action before finally returning in a home competition against Iowa State on February 11 .
Thompson played 16 minutes per game in his last five competitions with Kansas, averaging just two points at 19% shooting and a total of just five rebounds and four assists during that stretch. That run ended in a goalless effort in shooting 5-0 with one assist and no rebound in 15 minutes when the Jayhawks lost 85-51 to Southern California in the NCAA tournament.
This article originally appeared in the Topeka Capital Journal: Bryce Thompson of Kansas Basketball to broadcast after the first season
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