Tag:Perry Jones
Posted on: June 28, 2011 1:39 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2011 2:59 pm

No, we didn't forget Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor

By Gary Parrish

Jeff Goodman and I spent Monday doing a 2012 NBA mock draft.

We alternated picks.

I took Harrison Barnes first.

Goodman took Anthony Davis second and said he would've taken him first.

(Note: Looks like I'm the smart one. Again.)

Then we knocked out the next 28 picks and among the players never selected was Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor, which led to a few emails that asked the following questions: "Are you an idiot? Did you forget about Jordan Taylor?"

Answer to Question No. 1: Maybe

Answer to Question No. 2: No

As everybody should know by now, being a great college player doesn't necessarily make somebody a great NBA prospect, and Taylor might be an example of that. I'm not ready to give up on his NBA prospects just yet because he could reasonably go late in the first round of any draft and then develop into a quality NBA point guard. I don't know. But the fact that Taylor is a tremendous college guard means nothing ... except for that he'll be a First Team Preseason All-American.

Speaking of, I decided to take a look at how some preseason All-American teams might look.

If I'm doing two teams, here's what I've got:

G: Jordan Taylor (Wisconsin)
G: Austin Rivers (Duke)
F: Harrison Barnes (North Carolina)
F: Anthony Davis (Kentucky)
F: Jared Sullinger (Ohio State)

G: Tu Holloway (Xavier)
G: John Jenkins (Vanderbilt)
F: Jeremy Lamb (Connecticut)
F: Terrence Jones (Kentucky)
F: Perry Jones (Baylor)
Posted on: January 17, 2011 4:31 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2011 4:43 pm

Baylor could end KU's unbeaten streak

Posted by Eric Angevine

Keeping the ball from getting inside is the key to beating Kansas. Gutty Nebraska proved that truism in all but the final result on Saturday. Josh Selby, Brady Morningstar and Tyshawn Taylor were a combined 1 of 6 from deep in that game, and Markieff Morris was held to just seven points and seven boards. Kieff's brother Marcus Morris got his double-double on to push through to the 63-60 win in Allen Fieldhouse, but a similar ending will be difficult to achieve on the road at Baylor, should Kansas again struggle on the interior.

The reason is that Baylor can put up a 2-3 zone with enough wingspan to effectively close off the lane. Played properly, it's exactly the type of stifling, annoying defense that can force Kansas into over-reliance on that deep shot. On offense, however, the Bears are left vulnerable by the somewhat desultory ballhandling of A.J. Walton, who has baffling stretches in which he becomes very turnover-prone, somewhat negating the star power of off-guard LaceDarius Dunn.

For each team, the underrated bench option may be the key. For Kansas, it was sophomore Thomas Robinson who crashed the boards when the deep shots missed on Saturday, at one point throwing down a putback dunk and roaring into the cameras. Quincy Acy is the Baylor player who makes his living off hustle and determination. Neither is considered the star of his team, but their contributions may very well decide whether Kansas is 18-0 at the end of the evening.
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