Can Kansas’ Tyshawn Taylor be a true NBA point guard?

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Tyshawn Taylor helped lead the Kansas Jayhawks to the NCAA National Championship Game this past season.  Though KU lost to Kentucky and fell short of cutting down the nets, a terrific senior season helped propel Taylor to possibly being a first round pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.  One of the biggest questions regarding the Jayhawk floor general is just that; can he be a true point guard at the NBA level?

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Kansas Jayhawks future NBAers: Tyshawn Taylor, Jeff Withey

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When it comes to future NBA players on the Kansas Jayhawks roster, it of course starts with Thomas Robinson, the go-to-guy and likely top 5 pick in June.

But there are two guys you saw in the national title game last night who have professional potential too: point guard Tyshawn Taylor and Center Jeff Withey. Both have had their pluses and minuses highlighted and magnified on the national stage this March.

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Kentucky vs. Kansas: NCAA Tournament National Championship drinking game

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Welcome to the fourth annual NCAA Tournament Championship Drinking Game, one of our favorite articles every year here at The Sports Bank.  If you missed our first three editions, you can check out the 2009 Michigan State vs. North Carolina version, the 2010 Butler vs. Duke edition, or last year’s UConn vs. Butler.

Even if you do not have a rooting interest in tonight’s game between the Kentucky Wildcats and Kansas Jayhawks; invite some friends over, buy a heck of a lot of booze, follow our drinking rules, and it will be as much fun as if your own team was playing.

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#2 Ohio State Buckeyes vs. #2 Kansas Jayhawks: everything you need to know

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The eastern and western outskirts of what we call “the Midwest” will meet on Saturday in the prime time national semifinal game. The 2008 national champion Kansas Jayhawks will meet the 2007 runner-up Ohio State Buckeyes in the 2012 Final Four.

Let’s break it down!

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2102 NBA Draft Stock Report (1/19/12)

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The NBA Draft Stock Report checks in on which college basketball players have made a name for themselves in the past week; either helping or hurting their future draft position.  With conference play underway, we get a better understanding of how NBA Draft prospects respond to playing better competition than some of the cupcake opponents they face in the non-conference.

Click here for The Sports Bank’s 2012 NBA Mock Draft.

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#24 Kansas Jayhawks: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s second annual college basketball season preview series.  Last year we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  This year, we are being slightly more aggressive and expanding to 111 teams in 111 days.  We will rank the 74 power conference teams and top 37 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

The Big 12 title has run through Lawrence as the Kansas Jayhawks have cut down the nets in each of the past seven seasons.  However, Bill Self loses several key contributors from last season and only has eight scholarship players on his roster.  In other words, it could be a rare down year for a Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk team that has only lost six games the past two seasons.

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99 in 99: #7 Kansas Jayhawks

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The Kansas Jayhawks were supposed to be the unstoppable beast heading into the NCAA Tournament and practically every expert’s pick to bring home the championship.  Instead, KU was upset in the second round by Northern Iowa and saw their title hopes vanish quicker than Bruce Pearl’s recruiting ethics in the past couple of months.

Despite losing three starters, the Jayhawks reload on talent and should be in Final Four conversations come March; assuming they finally get highly touted freshman Josh Selby’s status straightened out.

The Sports Bank’s “99 in 99” ranks the 72 power conference college basketball teams and top 27 mid-majors for the 2010-2011 season.  Click here if you missed teams #8-#99.

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2010 Point Guard Prospects

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by: David Kay

The 2009 NBA Draft was all about the point guards.  11 were drafted in the first round and that doesn’t count Tyreke Evans who will likely run the point in Sacramento.  However, the balance of power will sway in the 2010 Draft as the point guard class will likely be very weak.  In-coming Kentucky freshman John Wall will be the cream of the crop and should be number one overall pick.

1. John Wall, Kentucky
Height: 6-4. Weight: 175. Year: Fr.
Projected Selection: Top 3.
’08-’09: n/a

2. Tyshawn Taylor, Kansas
Height: 6-3. Weight: 180. Year: So.
Projected Selection: mid first round.
’08-’09: 9.7 ppg, 3.0 apg, 2.2 rpg, 54.0 FG%, 68.0 FT%, 36.4 3-PT%

3. Kemba Walker, UConn
Height: 6-1. Weight: 172. Year: So.
Projected Selection: late teens/early 20s.
’08-’09: 8.9 ppg, 2.9 apg, 3.5 rpg, 47.0 FG%, 71.5 FT%, 27.1 3-PT%

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4.  Greivis Vasquez, Maryland
Height: 6-6. Weight: 240. Year: Sr.
Projected Selection: late first/early second.
’08-’09: 17.5 ppg, 5.0 apg, 5.4 rpg, 51.7 FG%, 67.4 FT%

5. Kalin Lucas, Michigan State
Height: 6-0. Weight: 180. Year: Jr.
Projected Selection: late first/early second.
’08-’09: 14.7 ppg, 4.6 apg, 2.1 rpg, 39.5 FG%, 80.8 FT%, 39.0 3-PT%

Click here for the remainder of the top point guard prospects and other position rankings for the 2010 NBA Draft.