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DJay23
04-29-2008, 03:55 PM
Commits to KU!

Didn't see it on here anywhere:

http://www2.kusports.com/news/2008/apr/29/tyshawn_taylor_commits_ku/

Tyshawn Taylor commits to KU
By Gary Bedore (Contact)

Originally posted 11:46 a.m., April 29, 2008
Updated 01:31 p.m., April 29, 2008

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Tyshawn Taylor, a 6-foot-3 senior point guard from St. Anthony HIgh School in Jersey City, N.J., today orally committed to Kansas University.

Taylor, who defines himself as a “winner,” said he simply could not pass up the opportunity to play for coach Bill Self’s Jayhawks, who earlier this month won the 2008 NCAA championship.

“I’m the only player who can say he’s going from the high school national championship team to the college championship team. I think it’s pretty cool I can say that,” Taylor said Tuesday after orally committing to

KU over Georgia Tech.

Taylor, who led St. Anthony to a 32-0 record and USA Today’s mythical national championship, recently was released from his letter-of-intent with Marquette

after coach Tom Crean bolted the Milwaukee school for Indiana.

“I’m really happy,” said Taylor, who averaged 10 points and five assists a game in leading St. Anthony to the Jersey state title. “My visit to Kansas (last week) was incredible. The basketball atmosphere is crazy there. I come from a high school where basketball is everything. I’m going to a college where it’s the same thing. I think that is what I need.”

Taylor chose KU over runnerup Georgia Tech.

“Nothing against coach (Paul) Hewitt’s program. They have a great team as well,” Taylor said. “I just felt like Kansas was the right place for me. Coach (Bill) Self and all the coaches and the players made me feel comfortable. People there are still celebrating the championship. It’s something I want to be part of.

“I think I can come in and compete for playing time,” he added. “I would not have chosen Kansas if I didn’t think I could play. But whatever school I chose, I’d

have to earn it.”

St. Anthony coach Bob Hurley was thrilled for Taylor. “He just informed me he’s ready to join the Jayhawks,” Hurley said. “This is a very unusual situation. Here’s a kid who played for the national championship team in high school going to the national champions in college. I know he’s very excited and we’re excited for him.”

Taylor, who will sign a financial aid agreement upon arriving at KU (players can only once sign a letter of intent), said he’ll be attending the first session of summer school.

----------11:46 a.m.----------

Tyshawn Taylor, a 6-foot-3 senior point guard from St. Anthony HIgh School in Jersey City, N.J., today orally committed to Kansas University.

Taylor, who averaged 10 points and five assists a game in leading St. Anthony to the Jersey state title, chose KU over Georgia Tech.

Taylor visited KU last week after receiving a release from his Marquette letter of intent.

“He just informed me he’s ready to join the Jayhawks,” St. Anthony coach Bob Hurley said today. “This is a very unusual situation. Here’s a kid who played for the national championship team in high school going to the national champions in college. I know he’s very excited and we’re excited for him.”

This commitment bumps the 2008 KU class up to seven names, with as many as eight scholarships open, depending on what Mario Chalmers and Darrell Arthur decide in terms of the NBA Draft. Both have already entered their names into the draft pool, but neither has signed with an agent.

For more on this story as it develops, stay tuned to KUSports.com and pick up Wednesday's Journal-World.

2008 KU recruiting class

Tyshawn Taylor - 6-3, 160, G, Jersey City, N.J. (St. Anthony's HS)

Tyrone Appleton – 6-3, 195, G, Gary, Ind. (Harmony Prep/Midland (Texas) College)

Mario Little – 6-5, 210, G/F, Chicago, Ill. (Washington HS/Chipola (Fla.) CC)

Marcus Morris – 6-8 1/2, 220, F, Philadelphia, Pa. (Prep Charter HS/APEX Academy (N.J.))

Markieff Morris – 6-10, 230, F/C, Philadelphia, Pa. (Prep Charter HS/APEX Academy (N.J.))

Travis Releford – 6-5, G/F, Roeland Park, Kan. (Roeland Park Miege HS)

Quintrell Thomas – 6-8, 235, F, Elizabeth, N.J. (Saint Patrick HS)

DBO82
04-29-2008, 04:20 PM
Not a bad looking class for the National Champs.

BigVE
04-29-2008, 04:29 PM
7 recruits in one year huh? These kids DO realize that you can only play 5 guys at a time, right? lol. This sure beats the every other year method ol' Roy used back in the day.

Skip Towne
04-29-2008, 07:22 PM
7 recruits in one year huh? These kids DO realize that you can only play 5 guys at a time, right? lol. This sure beats the every other year method ol' Roy used back in the day.

I never could figure out why Roy only recruited every other year.

Reerun_KC
04-29-2008, 07:24 PM
I never could figure out why Roy only recruited every other year.


Dean Smith....

Same reason he never recruited east of the big river...

Skip Towne
04-29-2008, 07:24 PM
Dean Smith....

Same reason he never recruited east of the big river...

They took turns?

Reerun_KC
04-29-2008, 07:34 PM
They took turns?
I dont know about that. But Roy always seemed scared to bring in solid class year in and out...

Never bothered Deano....

BigVE
04-29-2008, 08:08 PM
I dont know about that. But Roy always seemed scared to bring in solid class year in and out...

Never bothered Deano....


B.S! One year Roy brought in ONLY Bryant Nash ( the other punk transfered). He would take about every other year OFF almost like clock-work towards the end. B. Self will have more rings than Roy before it is all said and done mark my words. I loved Roy and still respect the guy but he is/has always been missing something...toughness...and Bill has IT. Look out Roy.

Ceej
04-29-2008, 08:24 PM
I really don't understand this commitment. Self claimed he wanted another big man for this class - I'll assume it was J'Mison Morgan who decided to stay at LSU.

The only reason I can assume we signed Taylor was because it looks like more and more Chalmers will sign with an agent. I can't blame him either.

I'm verrrry curious how our starting lineup is going to transpire. I know we'll be very young and immature, but man I'm stoked. It's going to be exciting.

It kind of makes you wonder who may decide to transfer.

Reerun_KC
04-29-2008, 08:33 PM
I am very excited about next year... going to be fun to watch these guys reload and push towards another NC in 3-4 years...

Skip Towne
04-29-2008, 08:39 PM
We need another Darnell Jackson type intimidator.

hawkchief
04-29-2008, 08:45 PM
We need another Darnell Jackson type intimidator.

Quintrell Thomas might just be that guy.

Skip Towne
04-29-2008, 08:51 PM
Quintrell Thomas might just be that guy.

He'd need to add 25 lbs.

DJay23
04-29-2008, 09:32 PM
This lineup reminds me of the year that the outgoing seniors were sophomores and we lost to Bradley in the tournament. That team was very young and inexperienced with Rush, Chalmers, Robinson, Kaun, Galindo, Giles, Wright, Kaun, Jackson, etc. I believe that was the year we played in Hawaii early on and looked absolutely ridiculously bad. I remember thinking we have too many big time recruits, they'll never gel. But if you remember Downs had transferred I think that year or the year before, then Giles eventually left. As the year progressed we built confidence and ended up making a huge run through the Big XII schedule (won 10 in a row after losing to K-State and Mizzou) and then got crushed at Texas. We eventually tied with Texas and then beat UT in the Big XII final.

We sure looked BAD in Maui that year and got REALLY good by the end of the year. I have a feeling this team could take on that tenor.

Reerun_KC
04-29-2008, 09:45 PM
This lineup reminds me of the year that the outgoing seniors were sophomores and we lost to Bradley in the tournament. That team was very young and inexperienced with Rush, Chalmers, Robinson, Kaun, Galindo, Giles, Wright, Kaun, Jackson, etc. I believe that was the year we played in Hawaii early on and looked absolutely ridiculously bad. I remember thinking we have too many big time recruits, they'll never gel. But if you remember Downs had transferred I think that year or the year before, then Giles eventually left. As the year progressed we built confidence and ended up making a huge run through the Big XII schedule (won 10 in a row after losing to K-State and Mizzou) and then got crushed at Texas. We eventually tied with Texas and then beat UT in the Big XII final.

We sure looked BAD in Maui that year and got REALLY good by the end of the year. I have a feeling this team could take on that tenor.

That was the beginning of the dynasty...

I remember watching those Maui games in shear horror, but I trust Coach Self knows what he is doing.

I see a slow start, but again, contending for a title in 3-4 years again...

Skip Towne
04-29-2008, 09:50 PM
This lineup reminds me of the year that the outgoing seniors were sophomores and we lost to Bradley in the tournament. That team was very young and inexperienced with Rush, Chalmers, Robinson, Kaun, Galindo, Giles, Wright, Kaun, Jackson, etc. I believe that was the year we played in Hawaii early on and looked absolutely ridiculously bad. I remember thinking we have too many big time recruits, they'll never gel. But if you remember Downs had transferred I think that year or the year before, then Giles eventually left. As the year progressed we built confidence and ended up making a huge run through the Big XII schedule (won 10 in a row after losing to K-State and Mizzou) and then got crushed at Texas. We eventually tied with Texas and then beat UT in the Big XII final.

We sure looked BAD in Maui that year and got REALLY good by the end of the year. I have a feeling this team could take on that tenor.

Yep, even reloading we usually are pretty good. The only bad KU teams I remember were some of the Ted Owens teams.

Reerun_KC
04-29-2008, 09:59 PM
Yep, even reloading we usually are pretty good. The only bad KU teams I remember were some of the, Phog Allens teams.

ROFL FYP....

Toto
04-30-2008, 10:07 AM
It looks like KU will have a lot of YOUNG talent this upcoming season.

Will Chalmers return??? Most likely Arthur is gone, but if Chalmers returns...this team will be very competitive if the young players live up to their expectations.

Player Ratings per Rivals.com. We have 5 top 150 rated players coming in this year plus 2 from the 2007 class and 1 or 2 from the 2006 class and 1 from the 2005 class if Chalmers returns.

2008 Class Top 150 Ratings per Rivals.com
29-Marcus Morris PF 6-9 230 5.9 Pennsauken, NJ
50-Markieff Morris PF 6-10 220 5.9 Pennsauken, NJ
70-Travis Releford SG 6-5 190 5.8 Shawnee Mission, KS
77-Tyshawn Taylor PG 6-3 160 5.8 Jersey City, NJ
150-Quintrell Thomas PF 6-8 225 5.7 Elizabeth, NJ

2007 Class Top 150 Ratings per Rivals.com
30- Cole Aldrich - 2008/09 KU Starter
109-Tyrel Reed - 2008/09 KU Rotational Starter

2006 Class Top 150 Ratings per Rivals.com
16- Darrell Arthur - MIGHT RETURN to KU
21- Sheron Collins - 2008/09 KU Starter

2005 Class Top 150 Ratings per Rivals.com
08- Jullian Wright - NBA
12- Mario Chalmers - MIGHT RETURN to KU
13- Brandon Rush - NBA


Rest of 2008 Class (not rated in the top 150 by Rivals.com)
Tyrone Appleton PG 6-3 190 - Midland, TX
Mario Little SF 6-5 210 - Marianna, FL

Other Players on Roster from 2007/2008 possibly returning to KU
Conner Teahan
Brady Morningstar
Chase Buford
Matt Kleinmann
Brennan Bechard?

Lzen
04-30-2008, 10:19 AM
This lineup reminds me of the year that the outgoing seniors were sophomores and we lost to Bradley in the tournament. That team was very young and inexperienced with Rush, Chalmers, Robinson, Kaun, Galindo, Giles, Wright, Kaun, Jackson, etc. I believe that was the year we played in Hawaii early on and looked absolutely ridiculously bad. I remember thinking we have too many big time recruits, they'll never gel. But if you remember Downs had transferred I think that year or the year before, then Giles eventually left. As the year progressed we built confidence and ended up making a huge run through the Big XII schedule (won 10 in a row after losing to K-State and Mizzou) and then got crushed at Texas. We eventually tied with Texas and then beat UT in the Big XII final.

We sure looked BAD in Maui that year and got REALLY good by the end of the year. I have a feeling this team could take on that tenor.

Excellent comparison. That's exactly what I have been thinking. I think that team started out like 4-3. Hopefully, next year's squad will look better in the NCAA tourney, though. ;)

smittysbar
04-30-2008, 10:24 AM
Was listening on the radio earlier, they said that KU went over on their scholarships, so they didn't know what they were going to do. Someone may have to end up paying part of his original full scholarship.

ArrowheadHawk
04-30-2008, 11:24 AM
Was listening on the radio earlier, they said that KU went over on their scholarships, so they didn't know what they were going to do. Someone may have to end up paying part of his original full scholarship.I think somebody will probably transfer due to lack of playing time.

hawkchief
04-30-2008, 11:31 AM
Was listening on the radio earlier, they said that KU went over on their scholarships, so they didn't know what they were going to do. Someone may have to end up paying part of his original full scholarship.


They are over by one until one or both of Arthur or Chalmers officially goes pro. In the unlikely event that neither does, Morningstar will go to walk-on status.

ROYC75
04-30-2008, 11:49 AM
KU just keeps reloading with talent ..........

Lzen
04-30-2008, 12:19 PM
Elmquist: Signee Little key for KU

By Jason Elmquist (http://www2.kusports.com/staff/jason_elmquist/)
Posted Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Looking at next year’s incoming class for Kansas University’s defending national champion basketball team, most everyone instantly thinks of Marcus and Markieff Morris (the twins), Travis Releford (the local kid) and Tyrone Appleton (the former juco national champion).
Actually, with the loss of Brandon Rush, overlooked Mario Little could be the most important addition to the Jayhawks.
A transfer from Chipola (Fla.) Community College, Little has the same frame as Rush, the exact frame. Rush is listed at 6-foot-6, 210 pounds. In the program from the NJCAA Div. I National Men’s Basketball Championship, Little was listed at 6-6, 210 pounds.
While covering Little at the NJCAA tournament March 18-22 in Hutchinson, I found it easy to pick up his similarities to Rush in style of play as well. Once you see Little in person, you’ll instinctively compare the defensive prowess of the two. The forward out of Chicago’s Washington High forced turnovers, took charges, blocked or altered shots — when players actually attempted to shoot against him — and crashed the boards relentlessly, averaging 5.5 rebounds in the four games of the NJCAA.
In Chipola’s first game in Hutchinson against Seward County, Little was forced to guard Darko Cohadarevic, a 6-9 forward who signed with Texas Tech. While Little guarded him, Cohadarevic was just 1-for-5, with two points and two turnovers. When Cohadarevic didn’t have Little in his face, he was 5-of-10 from the field — 3-for-6 behind the arc — and finished with 22 points.
Throughout the tournament, that was Little’s role on defense: Stop the hot hand, exactly what was demanded of Rush.
Offensively, Little is much like Rush was earlier in the year when KU coach Bill Self challenged Rush to become more aggressive. Little has a nice-looking shot, but doesn’t take as many attempts as his talent merits. Chipola’s decision to use him mainly as a post player partly explained that. Little said Self plans to use him on the perimeter. In the second half of his last game at the NJCAA tournament, the KU signee scored 18 of his game-high 21 points, pulled down five rebounds, collected four of his six assists and had four steals — all while playing the perimeter.
But with the good comes the bad. There were occasions on offense where he showed flashes of Darrell Arthur, too often shooting fadeaway jumpers. He made one of six fadeaway attempts.
Little showed one other trait similar to Arthur during his time in Hutchinson: foul trouble. In each of his first three games, Little was whistled for four fouls and picked up three fouls in the first half of the fourth. The only half of play that Little was not whistled for a foul was his explosive second half of his final game with Chipola.
Now, for those worried about the loss of intangibles the senior class brought to this year’s team, such as intensity, Little’s actions following an interview gave cause for hope.
After turning the corner at the end of the walkway, the future Jayhawk poked his head back around to yell out the rest of his response about traits he shares with current KU players: “And I’ve got the toughness of Russell Robinson! ... Make sure you put that down!”



http://www2.kusports.com/news/2008/apr/30/elmquist_signee_little_key_ku/?sports_columns

chiefqueen
04-30-2008, 12:23 PM
Was listening on the radio earlier, they said that KU went over on their scholarships, so they didn't know what they were going to do. Someone may have to end up paying part of his original full scholarship.

I think the fathers of both of the KS kids (Reed & Morningstar) have offered to pay their son's way if necessary.

StcChief
04-30-2008, 03:17 PM
you should expect nothing less since Basketball was invented..... you should own it.