When trying to evaluate the Longhorns' first 2013 commitment, point guard Isaiah Taylor, Taylor's AAU coach said it was important to forget the number of stars next to his name.
"He's definitely a one-of-a-kind, high-level point guard," said Marland Lowe. "He's the type of guard that Texas is used to having, and that people want. He's probably one of the most mis-evaluated kids in the country. He's under the radar."
Lowe said that Taylor was a traditional point guard who made everybody around him better.
"You look at his speed and how he knows how to get all his teammates involved. He knows how to win, and he knows how to play the game," Lowe said. "He mask all of his teammates better, and makes the game easier for them."
Lowe also had high marks for Taylor's ability to defend the position.
"He can guard, he's quick, he's strong and he's tough," Lowe said. "He'll have to learn to play basketball at the collegiate level, but he's ready to play defense. He takes pride in his defense also."
Like many under-the-radar prospects, Lowe said Taylor was a late-bloomer.
He took a major leap forward," Lowe said. "He wasn't on the radar as long as a lot of guys. He made big steps toward the end of the spring.
"It's the time of situation where if you didn't know him, you're not aware that something that great exists," Lowe said. "A lot of people didn't know how dynamic he was. Texas went out to see him, and once they knew who he was, they never stopped coming to see him. He can do a lot of things to
And while Taylor might have started off under the radar as a recruit, he didn't go unnoticed by college coaches. Taylor was offered by Alabama, Creighton and Fresno State, along with Larry Brown at SMU.
"When people want to see the type of player [Texas got], they'll look at whether he has five stars, four stars or three stars, and they'll wonder what kind of player he is," Lowe said. "He's one of those kids that could have five stars next to his name.