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"Its ova wit" (for real this time)

Posted on: June 8, 2009 9:39 am
Edited on: June 8, 2009 9:41 am
 

Shawn Taggart told his "friends" last month on Facebook that he was leaving school. He subsequently said it meant nothing, of course. But telling "white chocolate" that "its ova wit" always seemed like a good sign that the Memphis forward would remain in the NBA Draft, for better or worse. And so it should come as no surprise -- it didn't surprise first-year coach Josh Pastner, at least -- that Taggart has hired an agent.

"We would've loved to have Shawn back, but I think we still have a good core group," Pastner told CBSSports.com by phone. "Now we're just going to have to fight and claw and scrap and just be a tough team, and we're going to have to coach them up. There's no question. We're going to have to coach them up. But this is a great opportunity for a lot of guys who were role players last year. Now they have to really step up."

On the surface, Taggart's departure makes little sense because he has no chance of being selected in the first round, and it's doubtful that he'll be picked at all. But it's important to note that the 6-foot-10 forward has already graduated, and that he's 24 years-old. So leaving now is a reasonable decision if the goal is to simply earn a paycheck somewhere, ASAP.

Taggart's departure means the top four scorers from last season's team are gone.

Pastner will only have five returning scholarship players.

In other draft news, LSU's Tasmin Mitchell, Arizona's Nic Wise and Miami's Dwayne Collins have all announced that they will withdraw from the NBA Draft and return to school. The deadline to withdraw is next Monday.
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Comments

Since: May 11, 2009
Posted on: June 8, 2009 5:16 pm
 

"Its ova wit" (for real this time)

Garcia didn't play last season.

He's never played.

That makes him a first-year player.

Which means he's not "returning" in the traditional sense.
Appreciate the clarification, Gary.  By the way, did you knock down any threes at the Celeb Game?  What about any monster dunks?  Just kidding.  Seriously, though, Gary, you have it made.  Good for you.  I could only wish to go through the doors you walk through without a second  thought.



Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: June 8, 2009 3:05 pm
 

"Its ova wit" (for real this time)

Garcia didn't play last season.

He's never played.

That makes him a first-year player.

Which means he's not "returning" in the traditional sense.



Since: May 11, 2009
Posted on: June 8, 2009 2:16 pm
 

"Its ova wit" (for real this time)

Umm, Gary, you sure about this?

Pastner will only have five returning scholarship players.Willie Kemp, Doneal Mack, Wesley Witherspoon, Pierre Henderson-Niles, Roburt Sallie, and Angel Garcia which makes six unless Garcia wasn't a scholarship player last year.  Then there's Preston Laird, walk-on.  I think it would have been great for Taggart to come back but his lack of confidence seems to get in his way.  The bellyaching about fouls.  The whiny look when approaching the bench.  The Dorsey-esque comment in the tourney that he didn't think anybody could beat us.  But when left with no Calipari, his first comment on TV was "I b seein ya, Memphis" at which point Antonio Anderson looked at him like "Dang, man, why did you say that?" They were walking to Anderson's car in the parking lot.  Then the deliberate stuff being said so the fans would beg him back which they never did.  I started a "Don't do it" thread a day or two too late.  The talks with Calipari who was telling him to go, what if you get hurt, now is your time. Then saying he didn't want to be the profile player on the team because he would have to carry the load.  Ok, Shawn, you're a Tiger and I love ya for it but jeesh you could have been a little more manly about the whole thing. The whole thing about providing for your family? Aren't they providing for themselves? I guess it's hard to stay on board when it's a see saw like the Memphis story line has been lately.



Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: June 8, 2009 1:17 pm
 

"Its ova wit" (for real this time)

Okay, Crume,


I know you'll show here. So, here's that linky I kept screwing up on.
If this one is no good, go back to the other blog entry and THERE IS A GOOD ONE THERE NOW.
Oh yeah, Bye Shawn - You are a GREAT Tiger!! We'll miss you! Good luck in your endeavors.



Since: Feb 6, 2009
Posted on: June 8, 2009 11:38 am
 

"Its ova wit" (for real this time)

Taggart may have hired an agent....so what??? He is finding out that having good skills is not enough for the NBA. You better be GREAT, or plan on hoping something separates you from the thousand other kids your size with comparables talent. There's only so many roster spots!!!!




Since: Mar 19, 2009
Posted on: June 8, 2009 9:50 am
 

"Its ova wit" (for real this time)

I am really surprised that he left.  But according to  wmc-5 (station in memphis), his reasoning for leaving was b/c "he was going to have to carry the majority of the load".
What?  Why would any athlete looking to turn pro NOT want to be the focal point?
Best of luck to him at any rate.


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