Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Tyshawn Taylor’s travel troubles ending?

KU guard should be back in Lawrence by midday Tuesday

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor drives against USC guard Maurice Jones during the second half, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor drives against USC guard Maurice Jones during the second half, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.


Tyshawn Taylor’s extended Christmas vacation should finally end Tuesday.

“He’ll be back by noon (today) unless they get dumped on again,” Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self said Monday, referring to KU’s junior combo guard from Hoboken, N.J.

Taylor was unable to return to campus with the rest of his teammates from three-day holiday break Sunday because of a paralyzing blizzard on the East Coast that also kept him grounded all day and night Monday.

“I understand the weather is clearing,” Self said. “Those people there couldn’t get out of their driveways, let alone to the airport (past two days). They couldn’t get the plows out early enough to get the roads done.”

KU’s Marcus and Markieff Morris also had an interesting holiday odyssey in Philadelphia, starting with a delayed flight last Thursday from California, site of KU’s victory over Cal.

“They get to Philly at 7 p.m. on the 23rd,” Self said on his Hawk Talk radio show. “They go to a hotel with their uncle to stay, and his car gets stolen that night. They were stranded at the hotel the next day (Christmas Eve) until 7 p.m. They (police) found the car, and they got it back. They spent 24 hours home without a chance to see anybody and the next day (Sunday) came back here. They got one day back home.”

Withey’s weight fluctuates: Self on Hawk Talk was asked about a couple players who haven’t had much playing time of late: sophomore center Jeff Withey and freshman combo guard Royce Woolridge.

Withey, who is listed at 7-foot, 235 pounds, has lost a lot of weight since returning from surgery to repair a broken bone in his foot.

“He’s probably lost 23 pounds since early October,” Self said. “We’ve got to get some weight on him in some form or fashion. He is having a hard time keeping weight on. It’s not easy to lose 23 pounds at his age. He tries to eat, too. Right now his strength level is not what it needs to be.

“Jeff will win us some games down the stretch,” Self added. “He has to be stronger and more physically energized to do that. I’ve seen him play above the rim. Right now, he’s not doing that consistently. I think it’s just energy level.”

Of Woolridge, Self said: “Royce is a little behind some of the other guys, but he’s a freshman. We’ve got some good players (ahead of him). If he keeps working hard, he’ll be able to impact the program at some point in time. He’s a great young man.”

Player of week: KU junior power forward Markieff Morris, who scored a career-high 21 points against Cal last Wednesday, on Monday was named Big 12 player of the week. Morris’ brother, Marcus, who was ejected early in the second half against Cal, was named player of the week on Nov. 29.

“Kieff was great. He needed to be great since his look-alike didn’t finish the game,” Self said on Hawk Talk.

Tristan Thompson of Texas was named rookie of the week.

Self on next year’s nonconference schedule: “We play Kentucky in the Garden,” he said of KU-UK in the Champions Classic in New York. “We go to Maui in a field that is us, Tennessee, Memphis, UCLA, Michigan, Duke, Georgetown (and Chaminade). That will be three monster games in Maui. We have Ohio State and South Florida in our building, and we go to USC. It’s the hardest schedule we’ll have played (in his KU career).”

Larry, Larry: Self on whether one of his mentors, former KU coach Larry Brown, will coach again. The 70-year-old Brown was ousted as coach of the Charlotte Bobcats last week.

“I think he’ll coach again if he wants to coach again,” Self said. “I texted him after it happened. I said, ‘Don’t think you are getting out of it. You have a job to do, and that’s to help us get better,’’’ Self said, figuring Brown will venture to Lawrence at some point to watch KU practices.

Next: KU will meet Texas-Arlington at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Allen Fieldhouse.

“Yesterday was an average day. Today wasn’t special at all,” Self said of practice. “Hopefully tomorrow we’ll have a great day and get back in the swing of things.”


jaybate 11 years, 11 months ago

~Sounds like The Twins should sell the movie rights to their recent trip home. Call it "Planes, Trains and Car Thieves."

~Bill, don't let Larry in a practice till Cal is out of the Madness. He'll tell Cal how to scheme us.

~Bill, hire Larry as your Assistant in Charge of Final Four Strategy.

~Withey Diaries: now its weight. How do you lose 23 pounds doing less than you were doing when you were healthy? File this under "we don't know everything yet."

~Rolls Royce Diaries: get fitted for your rouge Italian smoking jacket next season.

~Player of the Week: Kieff over Selby? In which parallel universe?

~Next season's pre-conference schedule aka the Schedule of the Damned: Either Self is positive The Twins and Selby will be here next year, or he should shoot the scheduler.

~World's longest text?: ‘Don’t think you are getting out of it. You have a job to do, and that’s to help us get better.’’’--Self to LB

I sure hope Self had an assistant key that one in.

~Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Sounds like the players have the holiday blues and Self is wondering when they are going to get better.

Max Ledom 11 years, 11 months ago

Was that sarcasm on the text joke? Cause it's not a long text at all..

KU_Alumn_2000 11 years, 11 months ago

Kentucky next year...we have to win that one.

Starting lineup for next year against Kentucky (gonna suck not having Reed around) :

1) Taylor 2) Selby (he wants another year at Ku) 3) Relaford 4) Cus Morris (decided not to leave brother alone) 5) Kief Morris

Fruity22 11 years, 11 months ago

Only way Selby comes back is if there is no draft due to a lockout or he tears an ACL in the next 6 months.

Rick Arnoldy 11 years, 11 months ago

"Bill, hire Larry as your Assistant in Charge of Final Four Strategy."

I'll disagree on this one, Jaybate. HCBS seems to do just fine on his own.

jaybate 11 years, 11 months ago


If Larry were working for Bill, it would mean he were not working for anyone else. :-)

Martin Rosenblum 11 years, 11 months ago

Where's Danny in the Withey scenario? If he's the "big men" guru, is he not able to bring Withey along only because of his weight loss? Effort and determination can be willed through training too. The lack of physical effectiveness hasn't been foremost in my mind when I've seen Withey in the short time that he's played so far this year, it's the lack of mental toughness and not being in sync with the flow of the game.

New nickname for Withey. Like, "The Truth", "The Answer", "The Situation", etc. Withey is...... "The Project"!

Seriously, we want and need him to contribute!


justanotherfan 11 years, 11 months ago

I have expressed concern about Withey in this space before. I am not sure what we are going to get from him simply because his body just doesn't seem like its going to hold up. He's missed games due to foot/ankle injuries (never a good sign for a big man). He's having trouble keeping weight on. It always seems like there is a health/ physical issue for him that keeps us from seeing his potential or skill.

I hope Withey contributes, but at this point, it's more about his body holding up than anything else.

kesmithstl1 11 years, 11 months ago

if, as HCBS says, it is an energy thing, I for one don't expect to see him anytime soon. Besides, this team is built on speed, which Withey doesn't have. Last thing KU needs is for Withey to get in the way. He'll be better next year when KU will need him more.

jaybate 11 years, 11 months ago

The most logical inference is that Withey is sick with something that it is thought inappropriate to discuss in public.

Hudy noted something about Withey back before the season started, when talking about the various weight gains by KU players.

She said he had added 25-30 pounds and that it would take him awhile to get comfortable carrying that much weight; that they would have to see how he did before thinking about him adding more.

Her comment seemed inconsequential, just kind of prudent, at the time.

But now there seems to be something wrong with Jeff Withey's health. And part of the problem is a rapid weight loss--reportedly 23 pounds since the start of the season. Some one else remarked that he has reputedly had trouble remembering the plays, an odd thing for someone that has been running the offense now for 2 seasons during which time he has been struggling mightily to put on weight.

Next, recall that Cole Aldrich was a dynamo as a sophomore, but thought to be too light, and to lack muscle mass below the waist. Cole spent an off-season working out and came back not weighing so much more, but clearly packing much more muscle mass below the belt. But then he mysteriously lost his stamina., so much that he could barely go strong for 20 mpg his last season. Speculation ranged from mononucleousis to allergies. But nothing was ever confirmed by coaches, or Cole. Cole, who was always fair skinned, began to look white as a ghost most of the season.

Jeff Withey now looks white as a ghost.

Could it be there is a weight training connection?

We've seen nothing similar in Marcus, Kieff, or TRob, each of whom has done a ton of weight work with Hudy.

Still, I wonder.

theajayhawk 11 years, 11 months ago

In regards to Larry Brown, Coach Self will show Larry what he wants North Carolina or Kentucky to prepare for, knowing fully well where Larry's heart resides. After the game, Calimari will blow up in his press conference and say that he was misled by Larry Brown, who asked him to guard TT and let Selby shoot all night long. He will go on to say that Larry told Calimari that TT is a better shooter and Kansas is keeping him as a secret weapon specifically for the NCAA tournament, and even more so against Kentucky.

REHawk 11 years, 11 months ago

The Withey Project hard to figure. Jeff showed promise of some really good stuff last season. Weight situation certainly the opposite of Collins' dilemma! Gotta be something significant, that loss of 23 pounds while riding the pine. I wish him the best. Might be the last missing piece for Jayhawk greatness this season, once everyone is in sync with The Selby Project.

slowplay 11 years, 11 months ago

It would be nice to have Withey for the stretch run, but not critical. A 3 man post rotation is ideal, especially when you have the ability to go small with Releford for short periods of time. Withey would only be needed if 2 of the post players get into serious foul trouble. If Withey doesn't get some quality PT in the next 3 games don't count on him once the Big 12 season starts.

ObiWan 11 years, 11 months ago

Withey should swap metabolisms with me. When you're old, gaining 20 pounds isn't a problem at all, haha. Probably not the kind of weight that helps you in the low post, though!

Michael Bratisax 11 years, 11 months ago

I hear Anadrol and Dianabol help reduce the rash and itching...

jaybate 11 years, 11 months ago

We just did. Little is being allowed to practice with the team in preparation for an eventual return. Sounds like DeAndre decided to go elsewhere and so it makes more sense to keep Little eligible and on scholie. Hope the decision about Little is not being driven in this fashion, but it seems like it may be.

Joe Baker 11 years, 11 months ago

slayr- I've really been trying to research and find anything on these two guys over the last few weeks. It appears as of right now, nothing has changed. is not the end all but apparently Kurtis Townsend/Self is recruiting DD and an offer was made 12/2/10. The interest is High.

Baylor has not made an offer and the interest is Medium. UK has made an offer as of 12/11/10 and interest is Medium. Texas made an offer 12/27/10 and interest is Medium.

According to Meyers, McLemore is still highly interested in KU and unless MU pulls something crazy, I think KU is still favored by BMac.

There is no foundation or substance to whether Little's situation has affected DD's decision. Self has a number of ways to recruit and award DD a schollie. In fact, Self has said, "Mario is still a part of the team and is practicing, but will not play untill the situation is resolved." Little's court date is set for May 2011 ? Self has also said that if nothing else, the university wants to see Little graduate. Technically, it sounds like in light of the situation, KU is prepared to allow Mario to complete his education. However, this is grounds for a schollie to be removed and my guess is (this is a compliment to LIttle), Self/KU wins either way with or without Little. I would prefer to win with Little due to his obvious benefits to the team, but let's face it, landing DD would also be a treat right now for KU.

I'm still holding out for BMac and DD is a little fragile right now. I see KU landing BMac before DD. We've all been through this before and should be used to waiting. It could be that DD is awaiting some indication about McMorris.

HCBS Options to land DD: 1. Little- barring any legal surprises, Little "may" be hanging by a short thread. 2. McMorris- NBA, pending lockout 3. Teahan- could very well be released from redshirt and schollie. 4. BStar- graduating 5. Reed- graduating Save options 4 or 5 for Tharpe's commitment.

Ann Oneill 11 years, 11 months ago

Maybe Withey has an anxiety disorder. Stress/depression can cause significant weight loss. 23 pounds is a ridiculous amount of weight to lose in such a short time.

Robert Brock 11 years, 11 months ago

If his DNA says he will be skinny then he will be skinny. He just needs to be as strong and as agile as his skinny frame will allow.

Hank Cross 11 years, 11 months ago

Next year's game at USC won't be a real away game with the amount of fans we'll put into the Galen Center.

KU_FanSince75 11 years, 11 months ago

Wow, that is too bad about the twins odyssey to Philly. That really sucks.

I can see TT coming back to Lawrence for his first practice----"Hi fellas! Hope you didn't sweat too much on the account I haven't been here." HA, HA!

{Note: Jaybate----I was being sarcastic, if you couldn't tell}.

Michael Bratisax 11 years, 11 months ago

No story here; Just TT getting whistled for traveling.

Michael Bratisax 11 years, 11 months ago

Thanks guys..Usually I am the only one laughing at my forays into humor.

Chris Shaw 11 years, 11 months ago

So, I managed to find the "Hawk Talk" radio show by Bill Self last night on sattelite radio during my 12 hour car ride (No Fun at all especially when you go 15 miles in 3 hours in the Applachian Mountains).

Anyway, I was listening to Self talk about Jeff Withey. I thought it was perfect timing considering there has been a lot of discussions about Mr. Withey himself over the last 3 or 4 days. Here is what I gathered and I'm only paraphrasing here by Coach Self:

1) Withey has lost a lot of weight since October. 23 pounds to be exact.

2) He's got to get bigger and be more of a physical presence.

3) He's going to win KU some games down the line.

4) Coach Self said he's seen him play well above the rim, but that hasn't been happening lately. Probably because of the lost weight since the beginning of the season. He's got to find a way to get more energy and be physical on the basketball court.

For those that have been wondering about Withey, I think that pretty much sums up his very limited role in the KU rotation at the moment.

Chris Shaw 11 years, 11 months ago

Whoops! Didn't see that in the article. I just skimmed. Lesson learned.

Joe Baker 11 years, 11 months ago

Shaw- You tend to have the scoop on these recruits. What about BMac and DD? Any word?

Kent Richardson 11 years, 11 months ago

15 miles in three hours through the Applachians? I would keep my doors locked to avoid exposure to Ned Beatty syndrome.

Michael Bratisax 11 years, 11 months ago

Hey shaw..I hope your optimism into Withey's future is proven correct but imo, Chenoworthless had a better all-around game...and he peaked his freshman season.

I don't see anything that points toward improvement other than extended playing time as our bigs move on.

But this is coming from someone with no basketball exp other than being a bigger than average fan..something that most Jayhawk fans are.

Chris Shaw 11 years, 11 months ago

In 3, 2, 1....................Jayhawkinnebraska or South Dakota, or Montana, or in the Artic Circle will be chiming in on his Brady forecast. I think we all pretty much know how that will go.

ku_tailg8 11 years, 11 months ago

I thought when they said his travel troubles would be over he would stop the one handed passes that NEVER connect.

KEITHMILES05 11 years, 11 months ago

Withey ain't gonna win Self games. That is total coachspeak to pump up the kids emotions. Right now he can barely hold down the pine.

ParisHawk 11 years, 11 months ago

Unless there are illness issues (which Self may not be allowed to discuss openly).

100 11 years, 11 months ago

From a Kentucky paper.... Here's a little taste of the UK Coach's psychosis we'll run into at Madison Square Garden next November....

"In speaking with reporters Tuesday, Kentucky Coach John Calipari distanced himself from a comment he made the previous night about Enes Kanter’s efforts to become eligible.

Calipari said on his radio show Monday night that Kanter could sue in hopes of a court slapping an injunction on the NCAA’s ruling that Kanter is permanently ineligible.

When asked about the lawsuit option by reporters Tuesday, Calipari feinted ignorance.

“Did I say sue?” he said.

When reported nodded in the affirmative, Calipari said, “Wow, strong statement.”

A lawsuit would be an option for Kanter and his family to consider, the UK coach said. The NCAA ruled Kanter permanently ineligible because he played three seasons for a professional team in his native Turkey. UK is appealing that ruling.

“Obviously, that’s anonption for them,” Calipari said of Kanter and his family. “(Of the NCAA ruling) This isn’t fair.”"

ParisHawk 11 years, 11 months ago

Getting back to the story, it's past noon in Lawrence. Has Tyshawn lifted off?

ParisHawk 11 years, 11 months ago

Well, according to a site I found, the morning flight was cancelled and there are two flights in the air as I post.

wyojhawk 11 years, 11 months ago

Hey hawk nation. Live outside the state and do not get game on local cable. Any way to stream it on-line? Any help would be great. Thanks.... Lets go Hawks!!!

Saad Saifeddine 11 years, 11 months ago

Hello fellow jayhawks. I also live overseas and would love to watch the game online. The espn3 online is not working for some reason.I Would greatly appreciate any help finding a website to stream it online. Thanks in advance. ROCK CHALK!!

Eurekahwk 11 years, 11 months ago

If Withey drops 20 in a couple of months while being inactive, something is wrong. Usually sedentary people gain it, not lose it. Especially with the high calorie diet those athletes are on. I'm surprised at some of you people. This is a KU forum, and some of you are probably doctors. I would think you'd know that. .

collegebb 11 years, 11 months ago

I really don't think anybody going through a Bill Self practice, nor any type of college sport practice have a sedentary lifestyle....

Ron Franklin 11 years, 11 months ago

A few posters above indicated Larry Brown fancies Coach Calamity over Self.......

I'm curious to know why that is a credible concept?

I know nothing of the Larry Brown/Self/Calamity history other than they both served as assistants.....why would Brown favor Cal.

Any insight?



Paul Mitten 11 years, 11 months ago

Jones is making a hilarious face in that picture.

Saad Saifeddine 11 years, 11 months ago

Hello fellow jayhawks. I also live overseas and would love to watch the game online. The espn3 online is not working for some reason.I Would greatly appreciate any help finding a website to stream it online. Thanks in advance. ROCK CHALK!!

jaybate 11 years, 11 months ago


My recollection is that while Brown has always been a generous poppa to all his coaching off spring, he was openly working closely with Calipari his last season before being rehired.

I have assumed that LB stayed especially tight with Cal for professional reasons. Since Cal is hot to jump to the NBA, LB staying close to Cal means LB can jump with him to a pro organization, or be a familiar replacement coach for the school Cal leaves.

When LB got hired by MJ, the Cal connection seemed to diminish, since Larry had a new meal ticket, and probably figured he could please MJ.

But now he's canned a few games shy of his next milestone, so he's likely to reconnect with Cal to play that game, while looking for a low end NBA team just good enough to get him to his next milestone.

But at 70 years of age, the logical place now for LB is to be the salt and pepper behind a young dynamic coach. Think LB playing the role for Cal, in the NBA, say that Tex Winter plays for Phil Jackson.

Self has been looking for that sort of relationship for awhile now; that was why he had Del Harris to his camp a year back.

I'm not saying Self wants to jump to the NBA, but as a good business man in a volatile profession he prospers most by keeping all optiions open. And part of keeping his options open is straying viable as an NBA coach. Part of staying viable is being able to tell an NBA owner, or GM, yea, I've never coached in the show before, and I'm not arrogant enough to think I don't need any guidance; that's why (fill in the name ) is going to be one of my assistants.

Calipari will need someon (fill in the name) to be his salt and pepper, too; that's why both of them are propping him up when LB struggles, and that's why both of them invite him back. LB probably spent about an hour with each of these guys one on one the years they were graduate assistants. It is not like they are bossom buddies, or anything, from that experience.

jaybate 11 years, 11 months ago

Self and Cal probably do feel some obligation, because it was the legendary Larry Brown that did pluck them out of their respective no where's villes and gave them starts.

But Cal probably has a deeper professional relationship with LB, because, if I recall correctly, Cal assisted LB in the pros for a year, or so., after getting bounced out of NJ, and before Cal took the Memphis job.

In D1, Self can't do any better than having LB and Eddie chatting on the cell phone occassionally, especially come March Madness.

But in the NBA, Eddie can't help much.

Having Larry Brown whispering assessments in your ear in an NBA game, and occassionally drawing up one of his get-a-basket plays, would be worth a lot to me. I am sure it would be worth a lot to them. It would be worth about 5-10 wins a season, probably.

Also having LB, who has been a club President, and a GM, advising you on what can and cannot happen business wise on any number of possible issues, is the difference between getting plucked clean and coming out of difficult situations with $20 mil. Just ask Cal, who probably wishes he had had LB at his side in New Jersey many years ago.

This is my two cents, anyway.

overseashawk 11 years, 11 months ago

I also live overseas and watch all the games on either or on the slingbox. During tournament time I watch all the games on The good thing about the games is that they are on demand somi don't have to wakeup at 1am to watch the games. The quality is very good as well. The slingbox is slightly less quality but alot of this depends on the upload speed where you have your slingbox located. Also, with any Internet option the quality will appear better on a smaller screen.

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