Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Big 12 honors Tyshawn Taylor, other notes

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor signals "three" after a bucket against Baylor during the first half on Monday, Jan. 16, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor signals "three" after a bucket against Baylor during the first half on Monday, Jan. 16, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse.


Kansas University senior point guard Tyshawn Taylor was named co-Big 12 Player of the Week on Monday — with Baylor forward Perry Jones III — by a panel of media covering the conference.

Taylor, 6-foot-3 from Hoboken, N.J., captured his first player award after winning Rookie of the Week honors four times during the 2008-09 season.

Taylor averaged 21.5 points and 5.5 assists in victories against Texas Tech and Iowa State. He had a career-high 28 points (22 in the second half) off 10-of-21 shooting in the Jayhawks’ 82-73 come-from-behind home victory over the Cyclones. He had 15 points and five assists in a 81-46 rout of the Red Raiders in Lubbock, Texas.

KU players have won or shared the award in five of 10 weeks this season. Thomas Robinson has been player of the week three times and Travis Releford once.

No controversy this year: Baylor coach Scott Drew kept his team on the court for KU’s pregame video and player introductions prior to Monday’s game.

Two years ago, there was controversy when Drew led the Bears through the southwest tunnel for pregame instructions while the video blared and the Jayhawk starters were introduced.

Monday, the Bears players met with their arms around each other in front of their bench as the video played. During KU player introductions, the Bears broke out of the huddle and stood by the bench.

“We’d have never done that (before KU’s 81-75 win two seasons ago) if we had known it would draw so much attention because the attention should be on the game,” Drew said prior to Monday’s game on the Big 12 coaches call. “We were doing that so we could communicate what we wanted to do at the beginning of the game, but by no means did we want to be disrespectful, so we won’t be doing that again.”

BU blossoming: KU coach Bill Self said he’s impressed with Drew’s work (144-117 after Monday’s game) in nine years at Baylor. The Bears reached the NCAA Elite Eight in 2009-10.

“It’s easier to have a good team or a great team than it is to have a program. Anybody can get lucky. What they have been able to do is do it over time,” Self said. “I think it (BU program) is here to stay. I think they’ve developed a program. They are recruiting players on top of other good players. When you can do that, usually it (program) is sticking around to stay. He and his staff have done a great job of recruiting. They are in on elite players on a regular basis. It’s a tribute to he and his staff.”

Holiday basketball: Self said his players understood the significance of playing on Martin Luther King Day.

“There are so many people in history who made so many sacrifices so we can have better lives and he was most certainly one of them,” Self said on his pregame Jayhawk network radio show. “(Including) our military from different generations and today. Few individuals have impacted the world like Dr. King. He paved the way for people to live a life everybody deserves to live. That is far more important than a game. But to think we can someway honor him by playing basketball is cool.”


Lonnie Edgecomb 10 years, 10 months ago

Is KU Recruiting any more? We haven't had any new for a long time...I would have hoped they had some player there last night.

ClydeTurnbuckle 10 years, 10 months ago

Working real hard on Julius Randle. Heavy favorite for Keith Frazier. Well in the mix for Chris Walker and on the long list of many others (ala Nerlens Noel)

Sally Presson 10 years, 10 months ago

Tyshawn, you have been awesome since january 2012. You are just what we need a slasher. You are so much fun to watch. Keep up the good work and attitude. Sr night is going to be tough, you are a prime example of the rewards of staying in school, not only your matuity level and playing level, but you're getting a degree. so proud of you

texashawk10 10 years, 10 months ago

Scott Drew has to prove he can make tournaments most seasons instead if every other year before Baylor can be considered a consistent threat.

Jeff Coffman 10 years, 10 months ago

If he keeps getting recruits, but not developing them...soon the recruits will go elsewhere. It seems that Baylor has been in the top of the recruiting talks, but always seems to find a way to lose about 4-6 Big XII game...this year will be no different from what I've seen so far.

Dirk Medema 10 years, 10 months ago

Did you seen/read of their game at KSU, and every other game before Monday? What they have shown is that they will be a nice second fiddle just ahead of KSU.

Dirk Medema 10 years, 10 months ago

Co-players with TRob next week. Let's hope they come out focused on Sunday. No road whooooops.

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