Rothstein | UCF’s BJ Taylor to miss 4-6 weeks

Feb 8, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bearcats guard Jarron Cumberland (34) defends as UCF Knights guard B.J. Taylor (1) drives to the basket in the second half at Fifth Third Arena. The Bearcats won 60-50. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
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Central Florida guard B.J. Taylor will be sidelined for at least the next four-to-six weeks due to a fractured foot, Knights head coach Johnny Dawkins has informed FanRag Sports.

The 6-2 Taylor played 26 minutes during the Knights’ season-opening win over Mercer, pouring in 12 points, dishing out four assists and bringing down one rebound. He managed to put up those numbers despite missing a bulk of the second half due to the aforementioned setback.

The All-Conference point guard was pivotal for Central Florida a season ago as well, producing 17.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and an even four assists per game while recording 32 steals. Taylor made an impact as early as his freshman season, when he averaged 12.8 points per game over 26 contests. That mark was also good enough to pace all freshmen across the American Athletic Conference while he reached double-digit scoring totals in 17 games.

The Orlando native took a medical redshirt during his sophomore campaign after suffering a lower leg injury. Out of the class of 2014, Taylor originally arrived at Central Florida as a three-star recruit while ranked as the No. 51 point guard in that recruiting cycle.

After beating Mercer in a shootout on Friday, the Knights will be back in action on Wednesday to host Gardner-Webb.

Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.

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