The club announced the signing, as did the Adriatic Basketball Association. Kansas head coach Bill Self, confirmed the signing.
“I can confirm that Billy Preston is foregoing his eligibility to play at Kansas and has signed with a professional team in Bosnia,” Self said via statement. “Billy’s family has been very upfront telling us that his first choice was to stay at Kansas, but with the uncertainty of the situation they needed to look at other potential options. This opportunity in Bosnia came with a deadline for a decision, and the family reached that decision Friday afternoon.
“We are all disappointed that Billy never had the opportunity to experience college basketball competition but we certainly support him and wish him the best. Although he has been frustrated with the situation, Billy’s attitude has been tremendous and he has developed as a person and as a player. I’m sure that will continue as he prepares for his professional career.”
Preston started out his career suspended for missing class, then he got into an accident shortly after. Obviously, if you have been in a fender-bender before, they take details about the vehicle driven. Apparently, there was speculation that there was shady activity behind the acquisition of the vehicle. The investigation had taken so long that Preston didn’t play a single minute in Lawrence yet. Smart decision to bail and just start playing – Preston was going to leave for the draft in June anyway, might as well start getting better overseas than wait for the slowpokes at KU/NCAA to finish grinding the axe in his career.