FIU head coach Anthony Evans said the team hadn't heard anything about fifth-year senior point guard Raymond Taylor's eligibility. The last few games, they've forged ahead with freshman Jason Boswell at point guard.
Boswell, 6-6, stands a foot taller than Taylor, which can help defensively, although Taylor's quicker. Once he gains Taylor's vision, it'll add to his play quickness, which Taylor uses to get into the paint and to the line.
"I didn't come in with any expectations," Boswell said. "I came in ready to work hard. Right now, I've got to work extra hard because I'm the starting point guard."
Evans said, "I think he had a tremendous amount of respect for Ray. Coming into this, he was trying to learn how to become a Division I point guard. Now, he has to grow up a little quicker than he wanted to. But I think he's doing a good job."
In Boswell's three games starting in place of Taylor, he's gone nine of 13 from the field, including five of six Saturday night against Georgia State; three of four from three-point range; six of six from the line, all against Bethune-Cookman; six assists, eight turnovers, a 3/4 assist to turnover ratio; and averaged 9.0 points per game. By comparison, Taylor's last three games saw him go 11 of 29 from the field; two of eight from three; nine of 14 from the line; 22 assists, six turnovers, an 11/3 assist-to-turnover ratio; and averaged 11.0 points per game.