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Junior guard Taylor suspended on DUI charge

By Ben Conrady

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Saluki men’s basketball coach Barry Hinson announced Monday that junior guard Diamond Taylor has been suspended from the team indefinitely after he was charged with driving under the influence early Saturday morning.

“I’m extremely disappointed in Diamond,” Hinson said. “We’re in the business of educating student-athletes and teaching them how to conduct themselves on and off court, and this is a significant setback.”

Taylor’s arrest is the most recent of a string of arrests for the 6’4” junior.

Taylor was suspended in April 2011 following an arrest for possession of marijuana and was arrested July 11 for allegedly stealing a bicycle.

Taylor transferred to SIU in 2009 after being released from the team at University of Wisconsin following an arrest on charges of burglary and possession of stolen property.

“The suspension puts enormous stress on our team by dwindling our numbers, but it was the best course of action for the long-term success of our program,” Hinson said.

Taylor averaged 4.3 points per game last season in 27 appearances.

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