2003 Spotlight: Taurean Minor

As college recruiters across the country made their rounds in September and early October, many were sure to stop by and check out one of the elite point guards in the Class of 2003. Meet Taurean Minor.

One of 2003's Finest Draws Crowd

Houston (TX) Washington guard Taurean Minor is one of those names that serious recruitniks had better familiarize themselves with. The 5-11 point guard ranks as one of the very best at his position among members of the Class of 2003. Yes, the 2003 crop of point guards is down, but that has no bearing on Minor. He looks like he'd be a standout in any year.

"I had a good summer. When I went to Las Vegas at the Big Time, I had a good tournament. Nike Camp was the best part." Yes, it was.

At Nike, he was stellar. He might be sub-six-feet, but he's strong and fast. Real fast. He shoots those floaters on the run ala Imari Sawyer did when he was a high school all-american.

"I was running the point [at camp]. I usually play the shooting guard. Right now, all my focus is on playing the point." And it should be. That's his natural position, but given that Washington High plays with a very small guard at the point, Minor shifts over and runs the two. No matter, he demonstrated enough skills at the point during camp that he clearly distinguished himself as one of the best at his position.

While he was dazzling at Nike, he was also winning and in his mind convincing himself that he was a top prospect. "When we were at Nike Camp and won the 3-on-3 and I was going against one of the top Nike guards (John Gilchrist)."

During the last few weeks, numerous college recruiters passed through Houston to watch him workout. Among those in attendance were Texas, Texas A&M, UNLV, Tennessee, Florida State, Oklahoma and Colorado State. While Minor can't even begin forming a list, he said that he also likes North Carolina.

Last year, he averaged 19 points a game as a sophomore. He plays AAU ball for HAAY Select.

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