Taylor Schedules Kansas Trip

During the Fall, Tyshawn Taylor signed a letter of intent to play his college basketball at Marquette. Then, he watched as head coach Tom Crean bolted to take the head coaching job at Indiana. After that, the 6-2 guard from Jersey City (NJ) St. Anthony had to make the choice of whether or not open his recruitment back up.

“It was tough, and right away I didn’t want to open it back up because I thought that the coach Williams had a chance at the job,” said Taylor of getting a release from Marquette and opening things back up. “But as I thought about it, I thought that I just wanted to see a couple of other things. Marquette is still in the picture but I had two visits left from the first go round and wanted to check some places out.”

A hard nosed and versatile guard who loves to attack the basket, Taylor was a key player for a high school program that went undefeated and captured a national title. This week, he’ll be checking in on the NCAA’s National Champions when he takes the first of his two remaining official visits.

“I’ve scheduled one for Wednesday, I’m going to Kansas,” Taylor told Phog.Net. “I know that it’s going to be an exciting trip. Being around guys who just won the national championship should be a lot of fun.”

According to Taylor, the calls from coaches inquiring about his situation came flooding in as soon as Crean was announced as the new man at Indiana. Among those reacting the most quickly were Bill Self and the Jayhawks.

“Coach Self and coach Dooley, they got in touch with Coach Hurley a couple of days after they found out,” said Taylor. “I just got my release last Thursday and they both came to visit me on Friday.”

After visiting Marquette and Georgia Tech during the fall, Taylor will also consider Florida along with Marquette, Tech and Kansas. He hopes to have a visit to Gainesville set up quickly as well.

“Florida, I haven’t set anything up yet but I’m going to visit,” said Taylor. “I just need to get a date set.

While he’d rather not have had to go through the recruiting process again, Taylor at least has experience. He hopes that the familiarity he developed with the recruiting process during the Fall helps him out over the next few weeks.

“I think it can help because I’ve been through it before,” said Taylor. “I know what to ask now, and I know what to look for so it will be easier.”

The way Taylor sees it, he’s  going to be picking from four quality programs who have all demonstrated that they can win and have the resources to compete in the future. He knows that he’ll have to have a decision sooner than later, but his hand isn’t going to be forced by time constraints.

“I don’t want to rush, I definitely want to take the last two visits,” said Taylor. “I don’t want to rush and make a wrong a decision. I’ll take my visits and then a week or so after my last visit I’ll probably make my decision.”

A confident young man who believes that he can fight for and earn playing time wherever he goes, he says that the decision will come down to comfort level.

“I think it’s going to come down to where I’m most comfortable,” said Taylor. “I think wherever I go the playing time is going to be there, and I know that all of the schools have good coaches, so how comfortable I am is important.”

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