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Purdue freshman forward done for the season

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WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - NOVEMBER 14: Jacquil Taylor #23 of the Purdue Boilermakers shoots the ball against the Samford Bulldogs at Mackey Arena on November 14, 2014 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

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Purdue took an official step in shutting down an injured freshman forward this week as Jacquil Taylor will miss the rest of the season. The 6-foot-9 freshman forward appeared in six games this season and hasn’t played since Dec. 10.

A stress reaction in Taylor’s left shin is what is keeping him out, according to Nathan Baird of the Lafayette Journal & Courier. Taylor saw 42 minutes of total action this season and averaged 2.2 points and 2 rebounds on 45 percent field goal shooting.

The freshman will apply for an NCAA medical hardship waiver, according to Baird’s story, and since he hasn’t appeared in 20 percent of Purdue’s games, he’ll likely qualify.

It still hurts for Purdue to lose some front court depth since they’re going through a better stretch of play in the Big Ten, but this is best for Taylor’s long-term future.

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