KU’s Greene turning pro

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Kansas junior Brannen Greene plans to enter the NBA draft and hire an agent, the school announced Wednesday.

“I certainly understand Brannen making this decision. We wish him nothing but the very best,” Jayhawks coach Bill Self said in a statement released by the school. “He has an NBA skill that I think will translate very well to the next level. We appreciate his efforts during his time at Kansas.”

Greene has the look and skill set of a 3-and-D wing in the NBA with a 6-foot-7 frame and a 3-point shooting percentage over 40 the last two years, including a 49.2 percent mark this past season. Still, he rarely had much opportunity to display it over long stretches while at Kansas, never averaging more than 15 minutes a game and actually seeing his playing time dip this past season.

He often was located in Self’s doghouse., getting suspended one game last year and again for six games this season following a “contentious and prolonged argument over playing time” in November. When Greene dunked late in a blowout February win over rival Kansas State, Self went on the school’s post-game radio broadcast and called it “probably the biggest (expletive) move I’ve ever had a player do during the game.”

In short, a parting of the ways may be best – and inevitable – for both sides here.