Kansas' quest for a 15th consecutive Big 12 title took another hit on Thursday night.
Kansas senior guard Lagerald Vick is taking a leave of absence from the team, effective immediately, the school announced.
"Lagerald has some personal matters that require his immediate attention, and he will be taking a leave of absence from our team," coach Bill Self said. "During this time, we will respect Lagerald's privacy. There is no timetable for his return."
The player's mother, La La Vick, told the Kansas City Star she wanted him home in Memphis, Tennessee.
"We need him here for a couple weeks," La La Vick told The Star. "I need him. There's a lot going on. It'll work out."
Vick played a season-low 19 minutes in Kansas' loss at Kansas State on Tuesday, scoring just seven points. The 6-foot-5 guard's scoring performances have trended downward as the season has progressed, after averaging 24.6 points and making 28 3-pointers during a five-game stretch in November and early December. Since scoring 29 points against Villanova on Dec. 15, Vick has hit the 15-point mark just twice.
On the season, he's averaging 14.1 points and four rebounds and shooting 45.5 percent from 3-point range. In Kansas' six losses, however, Vick's numbers dropped to 10 points on 32.4 percent 3-point shooting.