Tyshawn Taylor Has Successful Knee Surgery

Dec. 11, 2011

121011aab_163_5864206.jpegLAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas senior guard Tyshawn Taylor had successful surgery on his right knee Sunday morning and is expecting a full recovery, head coach Bill Self said.

“Tyshawn had surgery this morning and I spoke with the doctors and it went as well as expected” Self said Sunday afternoon. “Nothing had changed in the time frame for recovery, which is one to three weeks. He will be up and around tomorrow morning and will be back in the shortest time possible. The time for recovery depends on swelling and how he reacts to rehab.”

Following No. 13 Kansas’ 78-67 victory against No. 2 Ohio State Saturday, Self announced on the Jayhawk IMG Radio Network Postgame Show Taylor tore his meniscus in practice prior to the Long Beach State game Tuesday (Dec. 6) and would undergo surgery Sunday.

“We said (Tyshawn Taylor) tweaked his knee, but he tore his meniscus,” said Self. “He could have had surgery last Tuesday. He said there was no way he was going to miss these two games, so he’s going to have surgery tomorrow. (I don’t know) how long he’ll be out, two to three weeks. Maybe if everything goes perfect, it’ll be sooner than that. I can get on Tyshawn for turning it over. I can get onto him for not making some plays, which I think is conducive to being an extension of the head coach, but I can’t get on him for toughness. He’s been hurt, and he goes out there and gives his body up. We don’t beat Long Beach State without him, and we certainly don’t win this game without him. I think our fans should really appreciate him playing nicked up, and we’ll do surgery tomorrow.”

Through nine games this season, Taylor is averaging 15.9 points and 4.7 assists per game. He had nine points and a career-high 13 assists against Ohio State. Kansas’ next game will be Monday, Dec. 19, against Davidson at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., at 8 p.m.