Southern Illinois Guard Diamond Taylor Reinstated Following DUI Arrest

By Jovan Alford
Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

On New Years Day, Southern Illinois Salukis’ head coach Barry Hinson reinstated junior guard Diamond Taylor the school announced. Taylor was suspended indefinitely in September after a DUI arrest.

Last season, Diamond Taylor started in nine games and scored 4.3 points in 14 minutes per game. He will be eligible to play on January 15th versus Bradley.

Taylor started his college basketball career at Wisconsin before joining Southern Illinois. Even though, he did not play a lot last year he will be key to this Salukis team as Missouri Valley conference play begins.

Hinson said before Taylor’s suspension that it would cause problems for the team’s depth.  Currently, Southern Illinois is 7-6 and 0-2 in the Missouri Valley Conference, a league that has continuously provided multiple squads in the NCAA Tournament.

In some more news coming out of the Southern Illinois basketball program, head coach Barry Hinson said that sophomore forward Antonio Bryer is leaving the team and transferring at the end of the spring semester. So far this season, Bryer is averaging 2.9 points and 1.4 rebounds per game. Last season, as a freshman he only scored six points in 12 games.

Jovan Alford is a staff writer for The Sixer Sense, a writer for Buzz On Broad covering the Philadelphia 76ers and Local College Basketball, and is a writer for Rant Sports covering the A-10 Conference for College Basketball.

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