Taylor Ready For Visits

The Kansas coaching appear to be following a guard prospect from Jersey City, a player that saw his stock shoot up with the Jayhawks after a strong performance at the Reebok U camp. More on this prospect, and the visits he's considering, inside...

Heading into July, there was a bunch of talk about how the shoe camps had been eliminated. While Adidas did eliminate their camp, both Nike and Reebok ran camps. While Nike was running the LeBron James Skills Academy in Akron, Reebok held their first annual Reebok U camp -- a replacement for ABCD Camp --  in Philadelphia.

One player who used Reebok U to his advantage was Tyshawn Taylor. A tough and athletic 6-3 guard from famed Jersey City (NJ) St. Anthony’s, Taylor’s play caught the Kansas coaching staff.

“Pretty much after the Reebok U camp,” said Taylor of when he started hearing from the Jayhawks. “After I played there, Kansas became real involved.”

As one of many division one prospects in a ridiculously loaded St. Anthony’s backcourt, Taylor has learned to share the spotlight. In fact, the loaded roster and team atmosphere plays to his strengths.

“I really like to get my teammates involve and I like to win so I play like I want to win every game,” Taylor told Phog.Net. “My teammates are the same way so everybody knows their roles.”

Among the other schools mentioned by Taylor as being involved are Georgia Tech, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Cincinnati, Tennessee, St. Jospeh and Texas. So far, he’s scheduled official visits with Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and UVA. From the sounds of it, those coaches see the same things that the Kansas staff does.

“They (college coaches) see me being a player who can contribute to their school,” said Taylor. “Some say I’m a point, some say I’m a two. A lot of them want me to play as a combo guard, they think I’ll come in and help them win.”

While he hasn’t yet set a date for an official visit to Kansas, Taylor will host Bill Self for an in home visit on September 12th. During the visit, it’s likely that he’ll be looking to learn more about Kansas.

“I know that it’s pretty much in the middle of nowhere but also I know that it’s a real big college town and a real big basketball town and that’s cool,” said Taylor when asked about KU. 

“I’ve talked to Coach Self a couple of times and I’ve talked to coach Dooley. It’s cool that he (Dooley) is from Jersey, but it’s not a real factor in whether or not I’m going there. It does make it a little more comfortable to talk to him though because he knows the area and what’s going on.”

For now, Taylor maintains that he doesn’t favor any one school over another. Because of that, his official visits will be very important and he’s planning on taking all of them before making a decision.

“I could decide anytime after I take my visits, I’m not making a set date,” said Taylor. “I’ll take all of my five visits and then I’ll be ready to make a choice.”


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