Taylor, a 6'2, 175 pound guard out
"Ever since he committed to
With the questions looming about
the future of
"He wants to win ball games in the Big 12 and he understands how difficult that is. You couldn't find a kid who is willing to work harder and that has more energy and more passion for the game than Michael Taylor. He wants to be great, he wants to win and he'll do whatever it takes to win," said Heiar.
"He really knows Coach Otzelberger
because he coached here last year. He coached Michael for a year and they're
Otzelberger wasn't the only reason
"The whole key for Michael
"They actually called me on a Sunday. It was the Sunday night after he got the job. Coach Rutter had been down to the state tournament when they were at UNI and he saw Michael. Michael played really well in that and when they were talking about what they needed and Michael was the number one guy. They went after him. We got him on a visit and then Coach Mac came down here and the rest is history," said Heiar.
Heiar then went on to rave about
"He's a team player and I'm really excited for him. He's worked extremely hard on his game and he will continue to do so. All coaches love to have players who love to work on their game," said Heiar.
Another quality that
"I compare him to a Bobby Jackson or a Jason Terry. He's versatile. He's obviously more or a scorer than he is a point guard but he can play point. He understands the game but his energy allows him to play hard for long periods of time," said Heiar.
Heair also talked about
"When he hits one jump shot, you might as well expect him to hit three or four in a row. He's a streaky high energy player. He can really get to the basket. He's athletic and he plays above the rim."
"He really guards. He'll be one of those guys who the fans are going to love because he gives 110% every possession. Coaches talk about getting your team to play every possession, but he's one of those guys who just does it. He loves to play and he plays hard every possession. You're going to win games when you have guys who play like that," said Heiar.
Next year's team will have a new look to it, but one thing is for sure, whether it's McDermott, Otzelberger, Dunson or Taylor, they are all happier than ever to be Cyclones.
"He's really excited about
becoming an Iowa State Cyclone and playing in Hilton Magic," said