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Hyman Taylor Dismissed from Basketball Team
The basketball career of Hokie freshman Hyman Taylor is over before it even
started. In a terse statement last week, head coach Seth Greenberg announced
that Taylor was dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules. Greenberg
didn’t elaborate further, and Taylor later told Roanoke Times reporter Mark
Berman that he was dismissed for "discipline" reasons. Taylor didn’t
provide any additional information, either. Taylor was behind fellow freshmen
Cheick Diakate and Terrance Vinson and was not expected to play much this
The bad news doesn’t end there for the team. Sophomore wing forward Wynton
Witherspoon fractured his left foot last Tuesday in practice and will miss 6-8
weeks, putting his earliest return date in the first week of December. And
yesterday the VT athletic department announced that sophomore center Robert
Krabbendam, who had been developing nicely, suffered a medial meniscus tear in
his left knee in practice on Saturday and will undergo surgery today. There is
no timetable on Krabbendam’s return.
Lastly Berman also reported that senior forward Allen Calloway, who has a
cancerous tumor in his left calf that has spread to his lungs, has lost about 40
pounds and is down to 170 pounds. The outlook for Calloway to play this year
looks grim, but Calloway is obviously facing bigger issues than basketball.
These developments thin the frontcourt for the Hokies. Their roster of wing
forwards, power forwards, and centers now looks like this:
|Wynton Witherspoon||G/F||6- 7||185||So.||Foot; out 6-8 weeks|
|Deron Washington||G/F||6- 7||195||So.||OK|
|Robert Krabbendam||C/F||7-0||230||So.||Knee; out indefinitely|
|Terrance Vinson||F||6- 8||210||Fr.||OK|
|Allen Calloway||F||6- 8||215||Sr.||Unlikely to play|
|Coleman Collins||F||6- 9||235||Jr.||OK|
|Cheick Diakite||F||6- 8||230||Fr.||OK|
|A.D. Vassallo||F/G||6- 6||213||Fr.||Slowed by hip injury|
|Chris Tucker||F||6- 7||220||Jr.||OK|
In addition to the above-listed players, Markus Sailes (6-5, 210 r-Jr.) could
play some wing forward for short stretches.
The ideal lineup would have been Krabbendam at center and Coleman Collins at
power forward, with Deron Washington playing small (wing) forward. With
Krabbendam out, Collins will probably play center (again), and Diakite and
Vinson will be pressed into service quicker, probably as backups to Collins. If
the Hokies go with a big lineup, that will probably put Chris Tucker at power
forward, with Deron Washington manning the other forward spot, perhaps backed up
by A.D. Vassallo, who has missed some practice time because of an injury. If the
Hokies decide to go with a smaller lineup, Collins will play center while
Washington and perhaps Vassallo or Sailes start at the forward positions.