Texas sophomore guard Isaiah Taylor's decision between entering the 2015 NBA Draft and returning to the Longhorns rested on getting to know new basketball coach Shaka Smart.

“I had to get to know [Shaka] Smart these past couple weeks. That’s why it took so long,” Isaiah Taylor said. “I just got a great vibe from him and the rest of the coaching staff. It was just a great decision on my part.”

Taylor had plenty of time to learn about coach Shaka Smart during recent practices. Taylor said Smart has already helped him a ton.

“So far in these past couple of workouts, Coach Smart has helped me a lot [by] just reading the defense coming off pick-and-rolls and learning how to change my speeds,” he said. “[He’s] just been helping me with my overall game.”

Additionally, Taylor needed the emotional disappointment of this season to go away before he made his decision. In the midst of deciding, Taylor sent his resume into the NBA and received a late-first to second-round grade. He ultimately chose to stick with the Longhorns. With his mind made up, he’s looking forward to next season.

“We have unfinished business,” Taylor said. “We feel like we’re a better team than what we showed last year and we’re looking to prove that this upcoming year.”

Next for the sophomore guard is to continue to build a relationship with Smart.

“[Smart has] told me and the team multiple times that he wants to build a relationship with the team,” Taylor said. “He’s been over to the dorms with us. We’ve been out to eat with him before. It’s just been a great relationship with Coach Smart so far.”

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