Taylor King is having a tough time sticking around any college basketball program. Villanova announced that King would leave the program due to “personal reasons.”
Scuttlebutt around the internet suggests this isn’t really the case. Stories abound that King was a hard partier who didn’t take basketball seriously and may or may not have failed a drug test or two. There is also a story going around that he got in Jay’s doghouse by prank calling him (read: drunk dialing) in the middle of the night, something he did with Coach K as well. Overall, the sentiment is that he wasn’t a good influence on the team.
This explains a lot about King’s performance during the 2nd half of the year. King looked like a great addition to start to season, but averaged just 4 ppg over his final 16 games and shot 12 for 50 from 3-pt range. His drop in production definitely contributed to the very poor finish to the Nova season.
The good news is, Nova has enough talent next year that they can lose a rotation guy and still be OK. Here’s how I would project their rotation for next year.
G – Corey Fisher (Sr.)
G – Maalik Wayns (So.), Dominic Cheek (So.)
G – Corey Stokes (Sr.), James Bell (Fr.)
F – Antonio Pena (Sr.), Isaiah Armwood (So.), Jayvaughn Pinkston (Fr.)
F – Mouph Yarou (So.), Maurice Sutton (So.)