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Jamari Traylor finds improvement through watching video of high-energy hustlers

Kurtis Townsend, assistant coach to Bill Self since 2004, is such a nice guy it’s difficult for recruits to tell him no, which makes him very good at that part of his job.

The former Western Kentucky point guard, whose brother Ray played for John Wooden’s final national-championship team at UCLA in 1975, brings plenty to the staff as a coach as well.

Credit Townsend with finding a nice fit for third-year sophomore Jamari Traylor to study. Townsend had video coordinator Jeff Forbes prepare clips of Kenneth Faried for Traylor to watch. Faried set the NCAA career rebounding record at Morehead State and is in his third season with the Denver Nuggets.

“He has the amazing motor,” Traylor said of Faried, a first-round pick in the 2011 NBA draft. “Body type similar to mine. I think I can be a player like that if I just want it. Coach Townsend tells me all the time, ‘Watch that guy. Play like that guy.’ We’re about the same size, undersized power forwards.”

Faried is listed at 6-foot-8, 228 pounds, Traylor 6-8, 220.

“I watch videos of Thomas (Robinson), all the bigs, even the Morris twins (Marcus and Markieff),” Traylor said. “I watch Kevin Young, hustle plays. That’s what I’m going to look forward to doing this year, be like Kevin, bring some energy plays. I think I’m a little more athletic than Kevin, so I think I can definitely help the team.”

He certainly did in the two-game exhibition season against in-state D-2 opponents. In a combined 30 minutes, Traylor made 7 of 7 field goals and has seven offensive rebounds (12 overall), 17 points, three assists, a steal and a block without turning the ball over.

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Comments

Craig Kristi Alexander 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Keep it up Jamari. Would be a great story for him to hit the NBA on a team if he can keep improving over the next couple of years.

Erich Hartmann 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Hmm...in "30min" of play, Jamari has 17pts, 12rbds, 3 asst, 1 blk, 0 turnover. That is better than even the energizer-bunny KYo, but lets see how he does against better opponents...

Frankly, Traylor + Embiid (of the second team) looked really good together. On another note, Lucas wasnt even looking to shoot...maybe the "plan" in garbage time against FHSU was to feed Christian Garrett the ball? But if Self doesnt see Lucas as a rotation guy (yet?), maybe thats all we need to know at this point?

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