Memphis Tigers Junior Forward Tarik Black Returns to Team

By Patosha Jeffery

The Memphis Commercial Appeal is reporting that Memphis Tigers junior forward Tarik Black will return to the Tigers immediately after sitting out Thursday’s victory against Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks to deal with what he characterized as frustration about the game and the team not meeting expectations.

“Sometimes you just need some time to get your thoughts in order,” Josh Pastner said to the Commercial Appeal. “Obviously there’s requirements and consequences for every action, but that will be dealt with between Tarik and myself, and he understands that.”

It was reported after the Tigers win last night against the Skyhawks that Black left Tuesday’s practice on his own and did not return. He did not practice Wednesday, either. Pastner reported later that evening that Black would not be playing in the Skyhawks game.

Black spoke to the media for about nine minutes on Friday afternoon. He opened with a statement, then took questions.

“It was a buildup of things, just being honest. I’m not one for really complaining or stressing my issues and things that are on my mind,” Black said to the media. “That can be a blessing, because that’s a leadership quality. You have to endure things, keep pushing, keep moving and keep motivating.

“But at the same time, it can also be a burden because you go home everyday and you’re the one that’s dealing with something and nobody else knows. … At some point, I’m only human, so it’s going to come out. It just so happened that after this three-year period it came out.”

Black, a preseason All-Conference USA selection and co-team captain, is averaging 10.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.

Patosha Jeffery is the Memphis Tigers Featured Columnist at Rant Sports. Be sure to follow her on Twitter: @patoshajeffery and add her Google + to your circles for all of her latest articles and thoughts.

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