Kansas C Giles leaves team with 'personal issues'

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Jayhawks junior center C.J. Giles is not practicing with the team while he attends to "personal issues," Kansas announced in a two-paragraph release Tuesday.

Giles was one of the team's top seven returning scorers and expected to fill a big role this year for the Jayhawks, who have been voted the favorite in the Big 12 Conference.

"C.J. Giles will not practice with the team while he attends to some personal issues," head coach Bill Self said. "If and when these issues are addressed we will discuss his future with the program."

There was no further explanation offered and Chris Theisen, the school's sports information director, said he did not have any other information. Kansas was on the court practicing when the announcement was made and Self was not available for comment.

"That's all I know," Theisen said.

Giles, a 6-foot-11, 240-pound Seattle native, started 13 of 33 games last year, averaging 6.2 points and 4.8 rebounds. He had surgery on his thumb over the summer but was reported fully healed.