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Kansas' Tyshawn Taylor suspended; who steps in?

Posted on: February 21, 2011 12:48 pm
Edited on: February 21, 2011 1:43 pm
Posted by Matt Norlander

Kansas is the latest school to indefinitely suspend a player. About 30 minutes ago,  the school put out a brief press release stating it was shelving junior guard Tyshawn Taylor for an indefinite amount of time.

(These indefinite suspensions have been all the rage this year, often lasting no more than a week, so let's sit tight and see just how badly Taylor's behavior has been.)

We don't know the specific reason why Taylor is being getting put in the corner. More and more, teams are protecting their student-athletes and being as vague as possible in this scenarios. Understandable.

"Although we are disappointed in Tyshawn, he will remain a member of our team and practice with our team until he is reinstated for competition," head coach Bill Self said in a statement.

Taylor's vastly improved from the player he was a freshman. In fact, in my opinion, Taylor's play was as critical as the Morris' in the early part of the season, helping 25-2 Kansas get off to that 18-0 start. Taylor's the man at the point, averaging 4.7 dimes per game, third best in the Big 12. Now ... who takes over for him in the short-term? Brady Morningstar and Tyrel Reed are two seniors that should be competent enough to not let KU slip up too much.

Morningstar averages 3.1 assists per game; Reed 1.8. A guy by the name of Elijah Johnson could be factored in here, too, though I'm not sure he's who Self will turn to all that much. Same goes for Josh Selby, a freshman who's struggled despite flashes of flashy play, is not the right replacement guy for Taylor for any elongated duration this season. Fortunately, the Jayhawks are pretty equipped in the backcourt. This suspension comes with some attention on Kansas tonight, as the Jayhawks host 16-10 and dying-of-thirst-for-a-good-win Oklahoma State on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET. We'll have an immediate idea of what Self's team looks like without Taylor's services.

Who knows if that will play into Self's decision on when to bring him back. Without Taylor, it's certain Kansas doesn't deserve to be the No. 1-ranked team in the country now, though, right?

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Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2011 3:34 pm

Kansas' Tyshawn Taylor suspended; who steps in?

Mike, Obviously you don't watch the Big 12.  Due to the unbalanced schedule they do not consider head-to-head a tie breaker when it comes to winning the Big 12.

Since: Nov 7, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2011 3:01 pm

Kansas' Tyshawn Taylor suspended; who steps in?

Dude, Kansas needs a miracle to win the Big 12. Texas has to lose 2 more times.

Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2011 10:20 am

Kansas' Tyshawn Taylor suspended; who steps in?

A guy by the name of could be factored in here, too, though I'm not sure he's who Self will turn to all that much.

Matt, have you watched any of the KU games? Bill Self HAS ALREADY to Johnson!

Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2011 6:11 am

Kansas' Tyshawn Taylor suspended; who steps in?

Hey twocoach will miss talking to you have to have eye surgery today. Catch up with you laster ol buddy!!

Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2011 10:54 pm

Kansas' Tyshawn Taylor suspended; who steps in?

Still think Kansas wins the Big 12. The is up for grabs...

Since: Feb 21, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2011 9:16 pm

Kansas' Tyshawn Taylor suspended; who steps in?

Tyshawn got caught selling/having the K-State dvd. 

Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2011 7:49 pm

Kansas' Tyshawn Taylor suspended; who steps in?

hi KU fans. does make one wonder just what really did happen, as one of the hawk senior womens players got an indefinate suspension at about the same time as Taylor got his. both coaches made their announcements close to the other.

Since: Apr 9, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2011 6:17 pm

Kansas' Tyshawn Taylor suspended; who steps in?

This kid is not stupid....Remember this is not a pickup game between grade schoolers...this is D-1 NCAA basketball.  The kid makes some mistakes but also makes some big plays.  Lets be patient and know that Coach Self knows how to handle the situation.  I assure you this suspension is not for poor may involve an attitude issue but we all know that the Coach has other players with this issue.  GO HAWKs and I'm sure we'll see a good game tonight against O-State.   Hurry and get back Robinson.   We need you.

Since: Nov 16, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2011 3:59 pm

Kansas' Tyshawn Taylor suspended; who steps in?

Taylor's suspension isn't the thing that prevents KU from being deserving of the #1 ranking; it's Thomas Robinson's knee injury and resulting absence from the rotation. Taylor can be replaced with minimal dropoff; Robinson can not. In KU's two losses, the one constant is that Robinson was unavailable or under duress.

Neither Johnson nor Selby has demonstrated the ability to run the offense effectively. My personal choice would be Brady Morningstar, who after enduring a brutal stretch of cold shooting to begin the season, is becoming a go-to guy on offense, shooting 42% from three-point range. His assist-to-turnover ratio is nearly 3:1 and nearly twice as good as Taylor's. Morningstar also tends to make the correct pass on time, whereas Taylor attempts to make the spectacular play that more often than not results in a turnover. In theory, KU would miss Taylor's ability to drive to the bucket as his handle and quickness are superior to that of Morningstar. The problem is, when Taylor drives he is rarely able to finish. On top of everything else, Morningstar is the best on-ball defender on the team.

Morningstar is currently in the starting lineup, so his starting spot would be shared between the committee of Mario Little, Travis Releford and Josh Selby. All three are capable players, and in my opinion, an upgrade to a lineup with Taylor at the point. Bill Self clearly believes that Taylor is the best option at the point, and is on record as stating that he's willing to live with some of his poor decisions to keep his upside potential on the court. Maybe this is the tipping point that forces him to reconsider whether or not he's willing to wait on Taylor to get his act together.

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2011 3:40 pm

Tyshawn Taylor

Taylors contribution to the team has always been overshadowed by his bone-headed mistakes.  If its not a pass into the third row it is that little floater that I don't think I have ever seen him actually make.  A typical Taylor play involves him charging full speed into the lane, ignoring better options and either throwing it away, bouncing it off his foot or attempting the floater that he has yet to hit. 

I do truly hope that this wakes him up but doubt it.  He was a central character in the football-basketball fights last year, threatened to quit the team on his Facebook page and has never shown the leadership on the court that this team needs.  I think that Brady Morningstar or Tyrell Reed would make much better floor generals than Taylor heading into the tournament. They might not produce as many assists but their leveled, cool play has always made for a nice change of pace when Taylor has been out of games. 

Now if Self can just figure out a way to handle the Morris twins attitudes we will be set for a run into March.......

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