Lagerald Vick taking leave of absence from KU hoops team

Kansas guard Lagerald Vick (24) shoots a free throw against Baylor in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Jerry Larson)

LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) - As No. 13 Kansas tries to climb its way back up the Big 12 standings without two key injured pieces in Udoka Azubuike and Marcus Garrett, it will now also be without its lone senior and best three-point shooter.

The program announced guard Lagerald Vick is taking a leave of absence from the team, effective immediately.

"Lagerald has some personal matters that require his immediate attention and he will be taking a leave of absence from our team," head coach Bill Self said in a release. "During this time, we will respect Lagerald's privacy. There is no timetable for his return."

The Kansas City Star reports LaLa Vick, Lagerald's mother, said he will be returning to his hometown of Memphis, Tenn..

“We need him here for a couple weeks,” she told The Star. “I need him. There’s a lot going on. It’ll work out.”

Self also gave some insight into how Vick has been doing during his weekly radio show called "Hawk Talk."

"Not being totally negative at all, he's got some things going on that isn't public things," Self said. "I think that he hasn't been his best because of those things. I don't think it's anything that you go into in some of the things that he's had going on."

Vick ranks second on KU in points per game with 14.1. He's made the most three's on the team, making 66 while shooting 45.5 percent from deep. The next closest Jayhawk in made three's is Quentin Grimes with 30.

He played just 19 minutes in a 74-67 road loss to Kansas State, which is the least he's been on the floor for Kansas all season. Vick scored just seven points.