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Merv Lindsay will likely transfer

Kansas Jayhawks small forward Merv Lindsay can now transfer, as Kansas has granted him a release to transfer.

Coach Bill Self met with Lindsay last week, and the 6’7″, California native decided that it is in his best interest to transfer at the end of the spring semester. The freshman was buried under the depth chart of a Final Four squad and appeared in 12 games, and he is seeking some more playing time. He is still deciding on where he will transfer to.

Even though he didn’t get to play much, Merv Lindsay became a favorite for some fans due to his heart and great character.

“Merv is not a good young man, he is a terrific young man,” Self said. “He has done well in school and he has impacted our program on the practice court and in the locker room in a very positive way. We’re going to do everything we can to support and assist him. He’s leaving here with a great taste in his mouth as we are with him. At this time he is at square one and we’re just looking into it, but he has been granted his release.”

Although the former three-star recruit only played in 26 minutes, he had 11 points on 56% shooting with three rebounds, no turnovers, and some good defense in that short amount of time. Merv Lindsay isn’t a great player by any means, but he’s solid and can be a nice role player for a quality team.

Kansas wasn’t a fit for him, and his best opportunity to succeed and get some more reps is on a different, most likely worse, team. Lindsay is a good shooter, but he does need to work on his ball-handling and was known for running out of energy on the defensive end in high school.

I wish the best for Lindsay and hope that he finds what he is looking for and further success to tap into his potential and whichever school he chooses. Although he didn’t play much, he did help a successful team this year by providing an immense amount of value in 26 minutes of play.

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