"HEY, OKLAHOMA! NOT ONLY AM I STAYING HERE, I'M GONNA SIGN THAT GUY OVER THERE WHO DITCHED YOU GUYS ALREADY." (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
The University of Oklahoma's loss continues to be Marquette University's gain, as MU head coach Buzz Williams secured a 2012 verbal commitment from 6'4" 220 lb. combo guard TJ Taylor. Taylor began the 2010-11 season at OU, but suffered an early concussion and never played in a game before transfering to Paris (TX) Junior College during semester break. Professional Journalist Todd Rosiak reports that Taylor will stay at Paris for the 2011-12 school year and join Marquette with three years of eligibility in the fall of 2012.
Coming into the 2010-11 season, Taylor was a three-time all state player at Denison (TX) High School and was ranked 78th in the country by ESPN and 104th by Rivals and had been considering playing in Milwaukee before commiting to Jeff Caple and Oklahoma -- and the scuttlebutt is that TJ's mama wasn't happy with that decision.
Taylor will join SF Jamal Ferguson to close out the class of 2012, putting Buzz in the odd position of having filled all his scholarships for 2012 before filling all the scholarships for 2011. Of course, he could always just bank the 13th scholarship for this year and add someone with Taylor and Ferguson.
[Rubie sez: One final note: we've gone to the tapes to determine who ran this scoop first, as Professional Journalist Todd Rosiak and Amateur House Organ Jim "IWB" Ganzer appeared to tweet the news at roughly the same time. In the event of a tie, Rosiak gets the credit because of IWB's extremely douchey "I know something you don't know!" tweet two hours before the news broke.)