Taylor Drawn to Texas by Coaches, PG History

When Isaiah Taylor made it to Texas for his official visit, it wasn't his first time on campus. But that didn't stop him from really enjoying the trip.

"It was great," said Taylor, a Texas commitment. "I really liked it. Obviously, I only took one official visit, but I loved the players, the coaching staff, the fans and the student section.

"It was what I was expecting," Taylor said. "Seeing the facilities, I didn't know campus was that big … but it was everything I was expecting."

But the basketball facilities and the campus weren't what drew Taylor to Texas in the first place.

"I picked Texas because I had the best relationship with Coach [Rob] Lanier out of all the coaches that were recruiting me," Taylor said. "Even with Texas jumping on late, I felt the closest with Coach Lanier, Coach [Rick] Barnes and the Texas staff.

"The other real thing that hit home with me was that I liked their style of play," Taylor said. "I've watched them on TV, and I took my unofficial during the North Carolina game, and Texas wants to get up-and-down and try to get quick shots."

Taylor said several coaches tried to sell him on their running games, but that Texas actually put its words into motion.

"A lot of coaches who want to recruit point guards know that there aren't many that like slowing down," Taylor said. "So they always say that they get up and down, but sometimes that's not the case. With Texas, I saw them getting up and down."

Taylor said another strong factor was Texas's success at churning out quality point guards.

"They have a strong alumni group there, with D.J. Augustin, T.J. Ford, Daniel Gibson and now Myck [Kabongo]," Taylor said. "It really got into my eyes that I can maybe succeed there too. I'm not saying I'll have the same success as those guys, but Texas has been a really successful school for point guards."

Could Taylor be next in that mix? According to his AAU coach Marland Lowe, Taylor was a player who really emerged the summer before his senior year.

"Really for me, it was just being on the circuit, playing with Texas Pro," Taylor said. "I was playing the best players and with the best players. Before that, I wasn't really on the circuit, or on the scene. Something that I really tried to elect in my game though was just being a leader. I love to pass the ball, and I've tried to be more of a leader on the court.

"I do get more out of making a great pass than making a great shot," Taylor said. "Me being a dude that likes to push the ball up the defense's throat, I like to get into the mouth of the defense before pitching it back to somebody open."

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