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Prospect Profile

Tyshawn Taylor

  • Full Name: Tyshawn Taylor
  • Position: Point Guard / Shooting Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-3 / 185
  • Birthdate: April 12, 1990
  • College: Kansas
Portland Trail Blazers (Traded to Brooklyn Nets) Round 2: Pick 41
 

Strengths:
* Great leaper
* Fast
* Quick first step
* Good size
* Can play either guard spot
* Good defender
* Excels in transition

Weaknesses:
* High-risk, high-reward kind of game
* Decision-making can be suspect
* Has had off-the-court issues
*Jump shot still a work in progress

NBA projection:
There’s no question Taylor has the athleticism required in the NBA. He’s also got decent size for the point guard position. He’s been projected as a second-round pick, and he can stick in the right system. His decision-making might not be for everybody. He’s capable of making a great play one time down the floor and throwing a pass out of bounds the next, but he thrives on the chaotic nature of his game. Can an NBA coach live with that?

2011-12 Season:
Kansas needed to get a lot out of Taylor this season, and he delivered. Taylor was a Bob Cousy Award finalist, earned first-team All-Big 12 and third-team All-America honors and twice earned Big 12 player-of-the-week honors in leading the Jayhawks to the NCAA Tournament title game. He underwent knee surgery on Dec. 11 but returned to start against Davidson just eight days later. Taylor finished fifth in the Big 12 in scoring, fifth in field-goal percentage, sixth in assists, seventh in steals, ninth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.35) and sixth in minutes played.

Key statistics:
16.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 4.8 apg, 3.5 tpg, 1.3 spg, 29.2 mpg, .477 FG, .382 3PT, .688 FT

Cool statistic:
Taylor had never averaged more than 9.7 points a game — his freshman season — until 2012-13, when his average increased to 16.6. He scored 20 or more points 13 times, including back-to-back 28-point games against Iowa State and Baylor in mid January.

Reminds me of:
Rajon Rondo

What Insiders Say:
Kansas coach Bill Self
"I said all along Tyshawn can make plays you can't coach, which was the steal against Buford [in the national semifinals], and he can make a play that looks like he's never been coached, which was the pass, two seconds after that.
"Ty has had a great career. I believe there's only been two other guards in the history of the school that put up numbers like he puts up. One of them was [Darnell] Valentine, the other is [Kirk] Hinrich. He's one of the better guards that has ever played there. He's been a little bit up and down, inconsistent. We've had a good relationship, but it's been better this year, there's no question. But we've had a good relationship.
"It's been a little combative from time to time. He's probably as criticized going into this season as any player we've had since I've been there. He brought a lot of that on himself. He gets in his own way a little bit. He's emotional. But that's also what makes him good.  Now he's harnessing that emotion in a much better direction to allow him to be a much better player."

What Outsiders Say:
Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford
"Tyshawn Taylor just kept making big shots [he ended up with 27 in a Kansas win at OSU]. We were always within arms length to make a run, and I kept telling our guys, 'The time's good, there's enough time. The score is right. We just need to go on a run here at some point' [Taylor] would just always make a big shot."

Texas coach Rick Barnes
"I love guys that improve — Tyshawn [Taylor], watching him over four years, it has been fun competing against him."

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

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