Taylor Hears From Penn State

He said the Nittany Lions view him as a Tim Frazier-style point guard. It is shaping up as a big summer for the Houston native.

When Houston point guard Isaiah Taylor talked to Penn State coaches last, they told him he'd be hearing from them sometime after June 15, when coaches were allowed to call and text prospects..

Taylor didn't hear from the Nittany Lions right away, but he figured the call was coming, and after some brief phone tag, it did. Taylor liked what he heard from assistant coach Keith Urgo.

"He told me I remind him of Tim Frazier, because I told him I weigh 165, and he said Tim just checked in at 168, so we're the same type of player in that sense," Taylor said.

The Nittany Lions are in the hunt for a 2013 point guard with Frazier entering his senior season, and Taylor -- who plays AAU ball for the Texas Pearl -- may be the answer.

"Coach Urgo said he likes me because I'm on the slim side, and he thinks my speed is on par with Tim, and he doesn't think there are that many fast point guards out there and he wants to keep that tradition going," Taylor said.

As for an offer, Taylor didn't receive one Wednesday, but believes one may be coming in about a month.

"They said they'll see me play at both the Great American Shoot-Out in July as well as the Florida Summer Showcase, and if I do well there, I think they'll offer me," Taylor said.

He only has three offers at this point, and though he would like a school that reminds him of his native California and is a basketball town, he doesn't rule out Penn State.

"Penn State is a school I still want to check out, because I want a school that is good both in basketball and academics. I want a school that if I don't make it to the next level, I want to be able to fall back on my diploma," he said.

For the time being, though, the 6-foot-2 Taylor is focused on the tournaments he has coming up and playing his game.

"I feel like I get everybody involved and make everybody better, but I also attack the rack on fast breaks and don't think there is anyone that can stay with me in open court and half court on fast breaks," Taylor said. "But my job when running the point is to keep my teammates happy, and that's what I do."


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