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.
Posted on: May 29, 2009 3:23 pm
Edited on: May 29, 2009 3:26 pm
The University of Memphis is having a rough week.
If Shawn Taggart's Facebook status is any indication, it looks to be getting worse.
"Willie,p,spoon,dmack,r.dot,white chocolate,and angle......... love yal (expletive) no (expletive) but...... its ova wit...... yal hold it down."
Now I am no expert translator, but that kind of sounds like a goodbye to current Tigers Willie Kemp (willie), Pierre Niles (p), Wesley Witherspoon (spoon), Roburt Sallie (r.dot?), Preston Laird (white chocolate), and Angel Garcia (angle).
Am I reading that correctly?
Taggart entered the NBA Draft last month (but did not hire an agent) ... even though there's no indication he'll be selected. On the other hand, he's already graduated from Memphis. So leaving actually makes some sense if the goal is to simply earn a check somewhere, ASAP.