Men’s Basketball: Forward Kore White to transfer, point guard Ray Taylor may be next to follow

Rolando Rosa

Owls forward Kore White grabbed a total of six rebounds in his final three games at FAU. White, a Fort Lauderdale native, will transfer to a different school for his senior year. Photo courtesy of J.C. Ridley.

FAU basketball head coach Mike Jarvis’s favorite scapegoat is gone.

Owls forward Kore White will not be with the team next season, according to OwlAccess.com. White, 6-feet-8-inches and 245 pounds, averaged 7.7 points and 4.5 rebounds this season as the replacement for the departed Brett Royster, a back-to-back Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

In the days prior to the Sun Belt Conference tournament this year, Jarvis forewarned of White’s importance to team’s future success.

“If Kore was doing better he’d be playing,” Jarvis said. “You’ve seen the games, Kore isn’t doing anything. We can’t win this weekend if Kore is not playing and playing well. He hasn’t played consistent. You can’t play 20, 30 minutes and get one rebound. Two points? C’mon, man. With his body? He should be one of the best forwards in our league, but he doesn’t work hard enough.”

And so, nearly two weeks after that game, after White fouled out in a 70-55 loss, scoring just eight points and three rebounds, coach Jarvis had an announcement.

“Kore will not be back playing for FAU next year,” Jarvis told OwlAccess.com. “It was mutually agreed upon that he needs to move on. I’m ready to end this relationship and so is he.”

Meanwhile, point guard Ray Taylor could face disciplinary action after not traveling with the team after its 70-55 loss to Arkansas State in the first round of the Sun Belt tournament, OwlAccess.com reports.

According to his Twitter account, Taylor was still in Arkansas a day after the team left. Taylor averaged 8.9 points and 4.5 assists per game for the season.  He will meet soon with Jarvis to determine his future with the team.

“He is still officially part of the team,” Jarvis said. “As of this time, right now he is still part of the basketball team. I’m going to meet with Ray in the next few days and we’ll talk about the future — whatever that future might be.”