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Tyshawn Taylor raves about McLemore, Traylor

Posted on: February 28, 2012 4:40 pm
 

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. 

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Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 12:20 am
 

Tyshawn Taylor raves about McLemore, Traylor

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.
Depth is what is missing in this year's Jayhawk team. Conner Teahan is a quality player and a good 3-point shooter. But he is likely playing 10 minutes in stead of 20-30 per game. No team easily survives missing a POY. (And despite the hype for Anthony Davis, Robinson is the clear winner, leading a team that has nothing close to the shooters UK has.) The addition of Perry Ellis, Andrew White and Ben McLemore as wings next year and Lucas and Peters and Traylor inside leave the significant question: who plays the point guard? Naadir Tharp was very shaky this year as a freshman. He will grow next year and Elijah Johnson did take the point at times this year but they lack an elite playmaker. Despite all that the Jayhawks will be in the hunt for their 9th consecutive conference championship.



Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: February 29, 2012 6:39 pm
 

Academic Eligibility wasn't the question ...

The only issue the NCAA had with any of the three "partial qualifiers" was that they attended more than two high schools.

Either the multiple transcripts were too difficult for the NCAA to evaluate, or slipping a mickey to one of the highest profile
programs in the country was a very tempting opportunity to send the message to players that the AAU/prep/runner/agent
scene is coming under increasing scrutiny. 



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: February 29, 2012 9:39 am
 

Tyshawn Taylor raves about McLemore, Traylor

Jeff... they weren't declared ineligible by the NCAA, they were declared partial qualifiers, for which the Big XII doesn't let student athletes participate until they can prove academic standings. Since they both were able to do well (enough) the first semester, they are now able to practice w/ the team, and will be able to play, as long as their grades hold up, next season. 


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