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Self says Taylor's playing at unprecedented level

Posted on: February 9, 2012 5:22 pm
Edited on: February 9, 2012 5:44 pm
Taylor's playing as well in 2012 as Bill Self could expect. (Getty Images)
By Matt Norlander

Tyshawn Taylor playing unlike any guard Bill Self's coached at Kansas? That's what Self is saying.

Self joined Jeff Goodman and Bruce Pearl on today's ep of "SiriusXM’s Inside College Basketball," and I've done you the kind favor of editing out most of Goodman's voice in the clip below. We'll get to that in a minute. Thomas Robinson is the key, the glue, the most important part of Kansas. Without him, KU's probably a bubble team, Jayhawks fans.

But Taylor, who once was so inconsistent -- and still can be with the turnover issues -- has come to live since the calendar turned to 2012. He's now the fifth-leading scorer in the Big 12, putting up 17 even per game, and he's not scored fewer than 15 in a game since Jan. 7, against Oklahoma. What's intriguing to me about Taylor is, he's definitely a player where you've got to watch him. Watch him a lot, because his stats don't tell his whole story; he's too much of a wild card to rely on what the paper says.

Self is a happy coach right now. Kansas can actually win this league again because Robinson's raised his play to a level few could anticipate, and Taylor's come on to play the way a senior should. Most of the time, at least.

"He makes plays you can't coach and makes plays that look like he's never been coach -- just in a span of seconds," Self said. "We have not had a guard since I've been at Kansas that's played as well as he 's played for as long as he's played."

High praise.

Self talks Tyshawn


Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:09 am

Self says Taylor's playing at unprecedented level

If Taylor would pay attention the WHOLE GAME he would be a first team All-American and a first round draft pick and KU would be a legit Final Four contender.
twocoach, do you not think KU is a legit Final Four contender? I really don't think you're giving Taylor enough credit. Sure, he has his turnovers, but he's been that guy, as many times as T-Rob, who's kept KU in a ballgame almost single-handedly. KU's not been blown out once this year, and they're learning to win the close ones. Unlike previous years, I don't dread the tourney knowing it's either F4 or the season being considered a failure, but I also think this team, while not as spread out talent-wise, might just have what it takes to win it all, especially this year when college basketball as a whole seems to be down a bit (at least if you listen to what sports columnists are saying).

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2012 10:48 am

Self says Taylor's playing at unprecedented level

This is more indicative of the fact that Taylor is out of position as a PG. He should be a SG as he was when Sherron Collins was with the team. When Elijah Johnson carries more of the burden of bringing the ball up and facilitating, Taylor is free to look to score more. He has done a very good job of that lately. 

KU fans don't have problems with EFFORT turnovers, we have problems with CARELESS turnovers. If Taylor would pay attention the WHOLE GAME he would be a first team All-American and a first round draft pick and KU would be a legit Final Four contender. I don't know why he hasn't been able to eliminate these silly mistake in 4 years of starting for one of the best coaching staffs in the nation. Ultimately, Kansas is a much better team with Taylor playing than without him, but they would be even better if Taylor could cut out the careless stuff.

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 12:29 am

Self says Taylor's playing at unprecedented level

ku is starting to peak at just the right time. the other night the big 7 foot guy was actually looking like a division one player. mr tayloe is one atheletic guy.

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