Carlton Bragg Jr. transferring from KU

Kansas forward Carlton Bragg Jr. (15) celebrates on the bench during the first half of the team's regional semifinal against Purdue in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Thursday, March 23, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW/AP) -- KU's Carlton Bragg Jr. is leaving Lawrence.

Jayhawks' head coach Bill Self made the announcement Thursday morning, saying the former five-star prospect from Cleveland had decided to leave the program. Bragg did not say where he intends to transfer.

“We appreciate Carlton’s efforts the last two years at Kansas,” Self said. “We certainly respect his decision to pursue other opportunities. We wish him nothing but the very best and hope he is able to reach his dreams and goals.”

Bragg averaged 5.4 points and more than four rebounds per game for KU last season. The Cleveland-native started the first five games of the season and scored more than 10 points in a game five times during the season. He recorded a double-double against Siena last November.

He did not play in the Jayhawks' loss to Oregon in the Midwest Regional finals in the NCAA Tournament.

“I really enjoyed my time here at Kansas,” Bragg said. “Kansas has the best fans and I do love the program. This past year didn’t go as well as I thought it would and it’s in my best interest to get a fresh start."

Bragg was briefly suspended this past season when he was accused of pushing a woman down a flight of stairs, though video evidence showed that he was acting in self-defense. He was suspended again when drug paraphernalia was uncovered in the program's dormitory during an unconnected investigation.