It’s December 6, 2017, and Billy Preston’s college basketball career should be seven games old. Unfortunately, it’s not.
Instead, the former McDonald’s All-American continues to sit out while the University of Kansas compliance department goes to work investigating the single-vehicle incident on campus. On Monday, the KU head men’s basketball coach Bill Self said he thought the situation would be resolved soon.
Question is, will it have a happy resolution for Billy?
Historically speaking, these types of situations involving really talented players ordinarily work themselves out. For local reference, see Josh Selby and Cheick Diallo. Don’t be surprised if the end game penalty for Preston is the same or similar. Of course, at this point, that’s the best-case scenario for the Jayhawks.
What I don’t like about this situation is how long it’s taking to resolve. The longer it takes, the more complex the situation likely becomes. The more complex this situation becomes, the more unlikely Preston will play. On the surface, it appears to be a simple rules breach. If it’s more than that, a stiffer penalty awaits.
Either way, it hasn’t been much of a distraction for Preston’s teammates. So far, the Jayhawks have ripped off seven straight wins and are ranked second in the country. Here’s hoping that run continues tonight in Kansas City against Washington. Here’s also hoping that Preston makes his debut in the near future.