Diamond Taylor has settled his offseason legal issues, and is expected in Peoria tonight with the SIU men's basketball team.

The Salukis (8-8, 1-4 Missouri Valley Conference) take on Bradley (10-7, 2-3 MVC) tonight at Carver Arena. Taylor is expected to dress for the game, but will probably not play because SIU has a pretty good rotation going, coach Barry Hinson said. 

"It's going to be hard for Diamond to get into the rotation right now," Hinson said. "It's going to take him awhile. I don't know he'll get to play. I know he's eligible to play, but I won't put a time on it. I don't know when he'll check in. We've put ourselves in a pretty comfortable position with eight people playing. I'm real comfortable."

Taylor started seven games last season in 27 appearances and averaged 4.3 points and 1.4 rebounds per game. He averaged 14 minutes per game but really played in spurts, three or four-minute spurts, which appeared to make it tough for him to get into a rhythm.

 The Wisconsin transfer scored 19 points in a home win over Chicago State last season, but played seven or less minutes in 10 of his 27 games. However, Taylor is playing the 4/hybrid spot in practice, guard Jeff Early said, which means he could find his way into a game sometime in the second half of the season simply by attrition.

The Salukis only have Early, Josh Swan and Taylor at the hybrid spot.

"Diamond, he's been playing the 4 man, too, so any time I get in foul trouble or I get winded, or I'm not playing as good as Josh, he's another guy that can play the guard spot and the 4 man," Early said. "He's got good length. He's been working hard this whole time, and I think he's ready to come back, and I think he earned his spot back to play."

Taylor, a 6-foot-4 junior guard, has practiced with the team while serving a suspension issued by Hinson before the season started. Taylor and junior guard Desmar Jackson were both charged with committing theft of an item or items valued at less than $500 (stealing bicycles). They both pleaded guilty to Class A misdemeanors in late October, according to online Jackson County Courthouse records, which included 12 months probation, a $615 fine and 50 hours public service.

Then, in late September last year, he was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content greater than 0.08, failure to reduce speed and operating an uninsured vehicle. He pleaded guilty to driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content greater than 0.08, a Class A misdemeanor, at a Nov. 7, 2012, court appearance and received a $1,895 fine, 12 months supervision and alcohol treatment.

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