Kansas Recruit Eager To Play College Hoops

Reporter Mike Sullivan spoke to Tyshawn Taylor at IS8 ...

SOUTH JAMAICA, N.Y. -- Tyshawn Taylor has become accustomed to winning all the time. He played for head coach Bob Hurley, Sr. at St. Anthony's High School in Jersey City, New Jersey this past season and currently is a key member for the Shooting Stars AAU program that has a chance today to win its second consecutive IS8 League title.

The IS8 league is run every spring and fall and features the best talent not only from the New York area but also sprinkles in some decent national talent. To be able to win two titles in a row is rarely done in the New York area.

The 6-foot-2 guard also will play for the National Champion Kansas basketball team starting this Fall. After Tom Crean left Marquette for Indiana, Taylor asked and received his release. Tyshawn said he will move his belongings to the Kansas campus on June 2nd.

"I really liked my visit and liked the coaches and the players I met," Taylor said. "Winning a National Championship is impressive too. It takes a lot to do that. I wanted to go to a program that had a chance to win it all. I think when you play any sport this is what your goal is. It was one of the reasons why I decided to go there."

Taylor had just scored 20 points, including two three-pointers, helping the Shooting Stars defeat the New York Elite and advance to the Final today against the Playaz Seniors Club. The Playaz team features high school teammate and McDonald's All American Mike Rosario. "He's tough," Taylor said.

But so is Taylor. He moves his feet side to side quickly when defending and constantly has his hands in the passing lanes, giving him a chance to deflect the ball several times during the course of a game.

Tyshawn is extremely difficult to defend in transition too. Taylor has terrific body control which enables him to outlast the bigger bodies in the air that try to block his shot around the rim. It's a given he is effective around the basket. So he has plans on how to improve his individual game before he plays a real minute for the Kansas program.

"I am going to work hard on my jumper," he said. "I am going to shoot a lot of jumpers every day. I want to be not only more accurate but more consistent."

Taylor realizes every minute he receives on the college level he has to earn. "It was like that at St. Anthony's too," he said. "Coach Hurley always made sure you earned your time. I like that about Coach Self too. They are a lot a like. They expect you to work at both ends. I'm going to do that."

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