A couple seasons ago, on this website, I wrote about the need for Marshall basketball fans to have a legend, a hero, in the lifetime of many of the fans. The last Marshall basketball player to have his number retired was John Taft. John Taft last took the floor at the Cam Henderson Center in 1991. Twenty five years ago, since a player with his number retired at the Cam, played here in front of Herd fans.
At the time, I thought that if Dre Kane stayed for his senior season he would finally break the long draught. Kane left, still no one has been honored.
Could this finally be the year that produces someone, ever so quietly, that takes the leap. Ryan Taylor has played in the shadows of Kane and James Kelly. The 2016/2017 team should be Ryan Taylor’s team. If he goes out and produces number that match last season, he will finish as one of the most productive players in the history of Marshall basketball. Granted, with Kelly gone, if Taylor can stay out of foul trouble and Jon Elmore can produce, then Taylors number should improve.
However, if he puts up the same numbers, below are where he will end up.
Category Current Tally Last Year Career Total Final Ranking
Games Played 96 31 126 T-2nd
Assists 219 99 318 12th
Steals 85 35 120 13th
Rebounds 717 218 929 4th
Points 1317 470 1787 6th
Free Throws Made 336 112 448 4th
Free Throws Att. 493 173 666 2nd
One would think he should rebound closer to his sophomore year when he pulled down 275, if he did that, he would end up in 3rd behind only JR Van Hoose and Charlie Slack.
Are these numbers good enough to get him up into the rafters alongside the likes of John Taft, Hal Greer and Charlie Slack? They should be, but if history is any indication, it wont be.
As I was compiling these numbers, I realized one other big question. Why isn’t JR Van Hoose’s number hanging up there? 5th in points, and 2nd in rebounds. What does one have to do to get this honor?
It is time for something to give. This generation needs to experience someone they have watched play, be honored, and this is two guys who deserve it.
Currently seven former Herd Hoopsters have their numbers retired.
Sorry for taking your minds ever so briefly off of football.
Carry on with the countdown, which is down to less than three weeks!
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