Tag:Jamari Traylor
Posted on: February 28, 2012 4:40 pm

Tyshawn Taylor raves about McLemore, Traylor

By Jeff Goodman

Just imagine if this Kansas team had Ben McLemore and Jamari Traylor.

Both players were declared ineligible by the NCAA prior to the start of the season, but Jayhawks senior guard Tyshawn Taylor had strong praise for the duo. 

"He's for sure a pro," Taylor said this afternoon on SiriusXM's Inside College Basketball regarding the 6-foot-5 McLemore. "He's got the most upside of any good on the team right now. He's young, is long and is the best athlete in terms of getting off the floor." 

Kansas coach Bill Self and the Jayhawks staff all agree about McLemore, a St. Louis native, and his potential. 

Traylor is a junkyard dog type who would help give the Jayhawks another productive and much-needed body up front. 

"He's like a 6-foot-7 T-Rob," Taylor said while comparing him to KU star Thomas Robinson. "He's strong, real athletic and is a beast from Chicago. He plays hard every possession." 

While both players aren't eligible this season -- and Bill Self is instead forced to use former walk-ons Conner Teahan and Justin Wesley off the bench -- this bodes well for next season once Taylor and Thomas Robinson (in all likelihood) depart. 

The Jayhawks will have more quality depth and more overall pieces with returning starters Elijah Johnson, Travis Releford and Jeff Withey, McLemore and Traylor and a freshman class that includes forward Perry Ellis, wing Andrew White and solid (likely four-year) bigs Landen Lucas and Zach Peters. 

That doesn't sound all that intimidating, but neither did this year's team -- and last I checked the Jayhawks were 25-5, wrapped up the Big 12 regular-season title and are battling for a No. 1 overall seed. 

Posted on: May 18, 2011 4:21 pm
Edited on: May 18, 2011 5:01 pm

Kansas picks up unsigned Jamari Traylor

Posted by Jeff Borzello

Jamari Traylor doesn’t mind not being a star. He would prefer being on a winning team.

Traylor will have a chance to do that again in the Big 12.

“Jamari just signed his NLI for coach Bill Self and Kansas,” IMG Academy (Fla.) director Andy Borman said.

Traylor, a 6-foot-8 power forward from Chicago who played his high school ball at IMG, chose the Jayhawks over Oklahoma State, Indiana and Texas Tech.

"I know coach Self and his coaching staff, and there's a good group of players," Traylor said. "I envision myself there." 

Traylor has a very good build and body for a player entering his first year of college. He has good strength and is active at both ends of the floor. Traylor is a very solid rebounder who is not afraid to chase down loose balls and mix it up in the paint. Offensively, he finishes well around the rim and also is developing a face-up jumper.

"I'm a high-energy guy," Traylor said. "I can block shots with the best of them. I'm a defensive-minded player."  

With the dearth of inside depth in Lawrence, expect Traylor to step in and produce immediately. He joins a recruiting class that includes top-100 recruits Ben McLemore and Naadir Tharpe, and combo forward Braeden Anderson from Wilbraham and Monson (Mass.). 

"I have the best chance of being successful there," Traylor said. "As long as I get a diploma from there, it will be a good decision." 

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