Texas transfer Arterio Morris was expected to be in contention to start for Kansas basketball this season, but he has been suspended from the program indefinitely.
After losing nine players from last year’s roster, the Kansas Jayhawks reloaded their team through the transfer portal. They acquired Hunter Dickinson, one of the best big men in the nation, and other players like Nick Timberlake and Parker Braun.
Arterio Morris was also part of KU’s 2023 transfer class. He had been practicing with the team since June and participated in the Puerto Rico trip this summer. However, his status for the upcoming season is now in jeopardy.
According to Shreyas Laddha of The Kansas City Star, the Kansas basketball program suspended Morris indefinitely. The suspension stems from a rape allegation made against him in McCarthy Hall at the University of Kansas, which is the men’s basketball team dorm hall.
It is a massive blow for a Kansas team that was expected to rely heavily on Morris at the shooting guard position. A former 5-star recruit out of high school, the Dallas native spent his first collegiate season at fellow Big 12 school, Texas. He averaged 4.6 points and 1.4 rebounds across 38 games before transferring to Kansas in May.
The news comes just days after Morris entered a plea agreement for a physical altercation with his ex-girlfriend in June of 2022. He was charged with a Class C misdemeanor assault, which forced him to pay a $362 fine without an admission of guilt. Morris looked good to go for November’s season opener after that was reported, but his future as a Kansas basketball player is once again in peril.
Several sources have confirmed Morris’ suspension, but only Laddha confirmed what he was being accused of. We will provide an update when more information arises.