Originally published January 5, 2009 at 12:00a.m., updated January 5, 2009 at 09:06a.m.

Hey, ma! This dunk’s for you

Taylor’s mother on hand for son's slams in UT victory

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor delivers an exclamation point in front of Tennessee forward Scotty Hopson during the second half Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor delivers an exclamation point in front of Tennessee forward Scotty Hopson during the second half Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse.


Kansas gets big win Saturday

With losses to Syracuse, UMass and Arizona, the KU men's basketball team was looking for its first marquee win of the season - that is, until Saturday.

Jeanell Taylor jumped out of her lower-level Allen Fieldhouse bleacher seat Saturday as Kansas University’s Brady Morningstar sprinted along the baseline and heaved a Todd Reesing-like bomb to her son, Tyshawn.

The 6-foot-3 freshman from Jersey City, N.J., stormed in for a mom-pleasing one-handed slam with 1:43 left in the Jayhawks’ 92-85 nonconference basketball victory over Tennessee in Allen Fieldhouse.

“I was happy to see him dunk today. I always got to see him dunk in high school and never saw him dunk in college,” said Jeanell Taylor, also caught by ESPN’s cameras rejoicing after a one-handed breakaway flush at the 10:36 mark — this one off a two-handed inbounds pass from the same Morningstar.

Jeanell has been in town since Dec. 29 with Tyshawn’s two sisters, his stepdad and cousin. The happy pack of Jersey City, N.J., natives is here for three games — KU’s victory over Albany on Dec. 30, as well at the Tennessee game and Tuesday’s 7 p.m. contest against Siena.

“This game was loud, exciting, interesting,” Jeanell said. “It’s been a great stay. I had to see a live game. I was tired of watching him on TV.”

Tyshawn scored three points with an assist and a turnover in 19 minutes of a 79-43 victory over Albany. He scored 12 points off 6-of-11 shooting with three assists and a turnover in 23 foul-plagued minutes in the 92-85 victory over the No. 14-ranked Vols.

“The crowd was great. My gosh, it was so loud during warmups,” Tyshawn Taylor said. “My mother, my family were here. It’s the first time they’ve seen this kind of atmosphere.”

The Jayhawks expended a lot of energy in building a 17-point lead, then hanging on against the athletic, fullcourt-pressing Vols.

“With their speed, quickness, pressure, it might have been the hardest college game I’ve played in,” Taylor said. “We’ve lost a couple games I don’t think we should have lost. We proved we are a good team and can compete with the best of them.”

Taylor was happy to spend quality time with his family after Saturday’s big victory.

“We’ve been chilling, going out to eat. My family loves it here. They think it’s the perfect place for me,” Tyshawn Taylor said.

Of course, Lawrence is a lot different from Jersey.

“It reminds me of Florida. It’s much cleaner, quieter, not too busy,” Jeanell said. “The whole environment about Kansas is a good environment. They’ve got a good team. They have an awesome coach.”

She said seeing her son has been the highlight of the trip.


“We were downtown yesterday. We ate at the Buffalo Wing House (Buffalo Wild Wings). We’ve been shopping. We went to J.C. Penney’s and got a lot of Jayhawk stuff, Kansas shirts and stuff.”

Coincidentally, Cole Aldrich’s mom, Kathleen, and dad, Walter, made the trip from Bloomington, Minn., to attend both the Albany and Tennessee games.

Aldrich scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds versus Albany and scored 22 points off 10-of-14 shooting and grabbed 10 boards with six blocks against the Vols.

“My parents came to a few games last year. They’ve been to five or six,” said Aldrich, whose parents drove back to Minnesota after Saturday’s game. “You always want to play well no matter what. It’s always fun to see your parents in the crowd, though.”

lSiena at a glance: Siena, will take a 10-4 record into Tuesday’s 7 p.m. game against the Jayhawks. Siena improved to 4-0 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play by downing Saint Peter’s, 65-52, Sunday. Starter Ryan Rossiter and captain Josh Duell, who averages 12.1 minutes a game, were sidelined because of the flu.

Three of Siena’s losses came at the Old Spice Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Saints fell to Tennessee, 78-64, Wichita State, 72-70, and Oklahoma State, 77-68. Siena also has lost at Pittsburgh, 79-66.

Siena returns five starters off last year’s 23-11 team. The Saints clubbed Vanderbilt, 83-62, in a first-round NCAA Tournament game, before falling to Villanova, 84-72, in the second round.

lBrady battles flu: Morningstar’s 12-point, six-assist, four rebound, 33-minute performance versus Tennessee was even more impressive since he’s been flu-ridden.

“He missed Thursday’s practice and was not himself Friday. He played really well against Tennessee,” Self said.


Lance Hobson 12 years, 9 months ago

Great story, it's always interesting learning about the players' families and their Lawrence experiences. I've been through Jersey City and Lawrence is quite a big change, as the Taylors have found out.I hope the guys don't take Siena lightly, they make the tourney on a regular basis and have played some good teams tough this year.

AsadZ 12 years, 9 months ago

Good to see our freshmen starting to DUNK rather than going for soft layups everytime.

jayhawk1996 12 years, 9 months ago

Just one editing note: Should be Jersey City, N.J., not Jersey City, N.Y.

jchief40 12 years, 9 months ago

Taylor has said he is not from Jersey City! Isn't he from Hoboken or something? This was an issue a few games ago and everyone wants to keep saying he's from Jersey City.. apparently because it has the word Jersey in it.

rockchalkin54 12 years, 9 months ago

I hope they don't look toward Michigan State and forget about Siena.

scmitchem 12 years, 9 months ago

I am glad that Tyshawn's family is learning the landscape of Lawrence,Ks and they are having a good time while in town.

joedavis 12 years, 9 months ago

Strikewso: Siena has made the NCAA tournament four times (1989, 1999, 2002, 2008). Since when does four times equal "regularly"?

63Jayhawk 12 years, 9 months ago

I like this quote from Tyrese Rice of Boston College referring to BC's victory over Roy's Tarheels in Aaron Beard's article I found on“We just met the challenge,” Rice said. “I felt like they hadn’t been challenged all year. Every team that they’ve played against, they just walked right through them. You look at people playing defense against them, they stay back, people drive and they’re standing straight up and not trying to contest shots. I can’t watch a tape if everybody’s playing like that.“We wanted to challenge them to see if they could step up and play as hard as we were going to play.”Sounds a lot like what happened to Roy's Boys when the played the Jayhawks in the final four. Here's the link to the article.

Nutflush21 12 years, 9 months ago

Joedavis- The profile also says he was born in Hoboken. His high school, St. Anthony's, is in Jersey City. Either way, the two cites border each other.

Carter Patterson 12 years, 9 months ago

Lawrence, Kansas reminds Jeanelle of Florida? And she said this after a January basketball game?That's awfully nice. I love Lawrence, but I am going to have a hard time understanding that quote.

jaybate 12 years, 9 months ago

63Jayhawk,Rice's quote goes into the Basketball Quote HOF.Rice could have made one heck of a Jayhawk under Bill Self.What a stud!

Bleed_Crimson_Blue 12 years, 9 months ago

Great article about Royce Woolridge, a 2010 commitment, in the KC Star today:

ChicagoJHawk 12 years, 9 months ago

Agreed carterpatterson. As much as I love KU basketball & Lawrence Kansas, I have to completely disagree. Sorry Jeanell, Lawrence Kansas is in no way, shape or form like Florida, at all. Other than the fact that they are both places in the United States, they are not alike in any way, especially in January!Anyway, good job Tyshawn & the rest of the Jayhawks. I was at the game this weekend & have to say this is definitely the best game of the season so far. It's been a while since I've been to a game & forgot just how loud it gets in AFH!

Lance Hobson 12 years, 9 months ago

Siena's more of a tourney regular than say...KState! But seriously, they've won in the first round of the last two tourneys they competed, and have also been in several NITs. In 1994 they made the final 4 of the NIT - not bad considering they need to win their conference tourney to get in the NCAA tourney.

bg_duck1 12 years, 9 months ago

we better be ready to play against siena they have played some tough teams and they aren't a bunch of freshmen and sophomores like we are (mostly) and YOU KNOW they are going to be pumped as hell to be playing the defending national champs in their house.

jayhawk159 12 years, 9 months ago

who cares where he is from the dude is straight up RAW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! u best believe it

rockchalkjayhawk4ku11 12 years, 9 months ago

Great story, I am excited to watch Tyshawn develop over time. It'd be nice to see him get some meat on his bones. He has the skinniest kegs I've ever seen.

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