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Prospect Profile

Jordan Taylor

  • Full Name: Jordan Taylor
  • Position: Point Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-1 / 195
  • Birthdate: September 30, 1989
  • College: Wisconsin
 

Strengths:
*Great assist-to-turnover ratio
*Good shooter
*Makes free throws
*Intelligent/Basketball savvy

Weaknesses:
*Size
*Not an off-the-charts athlete

NBA projection:
Taylor got another chance to perform in front of NBA scouts at the Portsmouth Invitational, where he averaged 11.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 2.7 turnovers. NBA teams can always use true point guards, but Taylor’s size and lack of blow-by quickness are two red flags that have placed him in the second-round to undrafted category.

2010-11 Season:
Taylor stuggled at times with his shot after a junior year in which he shot 43 percent from 3-point range. But despite a slow start — he was shooting .302 from behind the arc and .360 from the field after 10 games — he sill was eventually chosen first-team All-Big Ten. Taylor is just the sixth player in Wisconsin history to earn first-team All-Big Ten honors twice in his career.

Key statistics:
14.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.6 tpg, 1.0 spg, 36.0 mpg, .402 FG, .369 3PT, .785 FT

Cool statistic:
Taylor holds the NCAA record for career assist-to-turnover ratio — 3.01.

Reminds me of:
Kevin Ollie

What Insiders Say:
Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan
“His shooting percentage is down a little bit, but not his leadership. And that is what has enabled us to hang in there and to keep competing in the top level of the Big Ten, which for Jordan has been quite an accomplishment.”

What Outsiders Say:
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim
“He's a tremendous player. I've been watching him for four years. He makes plays. He's a good defensive player, makes shots. He's one of the best guards in the country.”
 

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch.

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