New Name Emerges on MU Hoops Recruiting Board
St. Anthony (NJ) guard Tyshawn Taylor, coming off a standout performance at Reebok U., has seen his school list multiply. But even before that, he was getting steady attention from the MU staff. Taylor, a hard-nosed 6-foot-2, 170-pound guard who is making a transition from the wing to the point, holds and MU offer and is quite intrigued by MU.
"I like Missouri a lot. They've been calling for a while. A lot of schools just jumped on after Reebok, but Missouri has been there for a while, so I like them a lot. I like the coaches. I like the things I'd be able to do there [in MU's fast-paced system]," Taylor said.
"I also like coach Watkins. He's a good guy."
Taylor has not yet determined where he'll visit, but does not plan on making officials during the summer, preferring instead to wait and decide which schools to visit officially this fall. Others who are recruiting him include Kansas, Virginia, West Virginia, St. John's, St. Joe's, DePaul, Virginia Tech, Marquette, Georgia Tech and Cincinnati.
Taylor, a defensive stopper who averaged about 10 points, five steals and three assists last year as a complimentary guard under legendary coach Bob Hurley at the New Jersey powerhouse, will see his responsibilities – and his stock – rise this year.
"He was one of the better points at Reebok U.," said Scout.com National Recruiting Director Dave Telep. "He's a guy who can really go at the tempo. I think he's transitioning himself to where he can go and get some offense.
"He's a good player. If you say there's a top dozen [uncommitted] point guards out there, he'd be in that dozen," Telep said.
"I think I played my best basketball ever [at Reebok U.]. I just played team basketball, and you don't see that a lot at camps. I think that's what made me stand out. My whole team played like that, but I'm the point guard so I got a lot of the feedback," Taylor said. "So I definitely owe my teammates."
Taylor is enamored with MU's system and the possibility of immediate playing time as a freshman, of which Mizzou will have plenty available.
"I feel like I could play or start as a freshman, so that's a big part of my focus. I don't want to go somewhere and sit," he said. Missouri "likes to get the ball and go, get out on the break, press up on defense, and that's how I play.
"They've been talking to me a lot since Reebok."
It seems safe to say that will continue. InsideMizzou.com will keep you updated on the latest with Taylor and other emerging Mizzou prospects…
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