Who is Tyshawn Taylor?
MarquetteHoops.com: There have been different listings, how tall are you?
Tyshawn Taylor: 6'3 ½
MarquetteHoops.com: You have said that you needed to work on your outside shot, but what is the strongest part of your game?
Tyshawn Taylor: I would have to say my court vision. I can see the floor pretty well and I like to involve my teammates, so I would also say that being a team player is a strength.
MarquetteHoops.com: Who is the biggest influence in your life?
Tyshawn Taylor: My mother, Jeanette Taylor. No question. She has done everything for me. She hasn't had the easiest life, having to provide for me and my sisters, but she does. I would have to add my two younger sisters to that answer too. I am the oldest of three, and when I look at my mom and my sisters, I know that everything I do isn't for me, everything I do is for my family.
MarquetteHoops.com: How would your friends describe you?
Tyshawn Taylor: Oh, well – I guess they would say I am a funny guy. I try to make everyone laugh, but deep down I think they would all say that I am a really good guy.
The Visit & Decision
MarquetteHoops.com: On your visit, who was your host, was it Wesley Matthews?
Tyshawn Taylor: Yeah, it was Wes. He is a great guy. I really like him, he's smart. He has been working hard in school so that he will have most of it done after the summer next year, so he can focus the majority of his time on basketball his senior year. I like that. He told me that the basketball will come, but that my school work is just as important as basketball, so I need to make sure I work hard in school. He gave me a lot of great advice.
MarquetteHoops.com: There are a lot of things that coaches do with players on official visits, was there any one specific thing, or moment during your visit that when it hit you that "Yes, this is where I want to be"?
Tyshawn Taylor: No, not really. It was everything. I had a really good time everywhere we went and with everything we did. It is a great city, a beautiful campus and the guys were great to be around. It wasn't one thing, it was everything.
MarquetteHoops.com: What did Tom Crean tell you about playing time during your freshman year?
Tyshawn Taylor: I remember exactly what he told me. He said, "If you want to play you have to be tough. I am a tough guy, and I think you are a tough guy. If you come in here and you are tough – you'll play." That was one thing that really did it for me with Coach Crean.
MarquetteHoops.com: Coach Hurley requires that his players wait 24 hours after a visit before making a decision. What did he say when you told him your decision?
Tyshawn Taylor: He said that I had been to Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech, and with the other schools involved that I couldn't go wrong with any of the schools on my list. He asked me if I was sure, and when I said yes he said he was happy for me and proud of me and that I should be happy and proud too.
MarquetteHoops.com: You had visited Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech and they were pushing hard for a commitment. North Carolina and Kansas were pushing you hard for a visit this coming weekend, but you ended it with your pledge to Marquette. Was it tough saying no to those types of schools?
Tyshawn Taylor: Yeah, it was pretty tough. Telling them no, that I was headed to Marquette was a hard thing to do, but deep down I just knew that Marquette was the perfect school for me.
MarquetteHoops.com: How much of a role did Marquette's being in the Big East play in your decision?
Tyshawn Taylor: The Big East is great, I will be able to play a lot of games close to home, but I don't know that it played that big of a role. I feel that I can play in any conference anywhere, so it didn't really matter. What mattered is that I wanted to be at Marquette and the Big East just makes it that much better.
St. Anthony's & Coach Bob Hurley Sr.
MarquetteHoops.com: With such a talented team at St. Anthony's, what are you hoping to accomplish this year?
Tyshawn Taylor: State Championship. Nothing else. That is our goal and nothing else.
MarquetteHoops.com: Do you know who Coach Hurley's 1st All-American was?
TT: David Rivers?
MUHoops: No, it wasn't Rivers, it was Mandy Johnson.
TT: Oh, I see where you are coming from, yeah – I know all about that. So what you are saying is that I have some very big shoes to fill!
MUHoops: 27 years later, do you think you could be Coach's 2nd All-American to go to Marquette?
TT: It is definitely a goal of mine, but I have a lot of work to do and I just want that state championship.
MarquetteHoops.com: Do you think it would be tougher to become an All-American on such a talented team?
Tyshawn Taylor: Yes I do. You are not going to put up 35 points a night on this team. Not like you could if you were the best guy on a bad team. The way I see it, if I am an All-American - then my whole team should be All-Americans. With the talent we have and the way we play, it would have to be that way.
MarquetteHoops.com: Is there anything that you would want to say to Marquette fans?
Tyshawn Taylor: Yeah – This is great – I have been having so much fun and I can't wait to be there and play in front of 18,000 at the Bradley Center. I can't wait to play there with a shot at the title!