We talked a couple weeks ago about how the eligibility process for players works. You can read about it here.Anyway, the process has not worked favorably this offseason for KU. Last week, two more freshmen-to-be were declared ineligible to play: 6’5″ guard Ben McLemore (St. Louis) and 6’8″ forward Jamari Traylor(Chicago).
Like Braeden Anderson, who was ruled ineligible earlier this fall, both McLemore and Traylor played at multiple high schools. McLemore played for Wellston High School in St. Louis, but it closed. He then went to the basketball-famous Oak Hill Academy followed by a school in Texas.
Traylor started out at Julian High in Chicago but switched to IMG Academy in Florida.
It makes me wonder if the switching of high schools, an increasingly common practice among basketball players, is a riskier move than people realize. There are varying reasons for switching schools, some of which seem more useful than others. (McLemore’s first change, after all, was mandatory with the school closing).
Especially when players cross state lines, the graduation requirements get complicated – Example: a guy might have enough math classes for one state but not for another. I don’t know what the reasoning was in these cases.McLemore was ranked as the No. 4 shooting guard nationally in his class, and Traylor would have stepped in down low and played plenty of minutes, probably effective minutes too.
I suspect KU’s lineup might look something like this:
C Jeff Withey (jr.)
F Thomas Robinson (jr.)
G Travis Releford (jr.)
G Elijah Johnson (jr.)
G Tyshaun Taylor (sr.)
Kansas fans, feel free to help me out here if you know something I don’t.