Tyshawn Taylor, Senior, Point Guard, Kansas
Tyshawn Taylor worked his way into the starting lineup during his freshman campaign at Kansas. His role would change over the years, but Taylor remained the heart and soul of the Jayhawks team for most of his career. He may not have always been the best scorer or most dynamic athlete, but he always played tough defense. As a freshman and sophomore, the 6-3 Taylor was pretty much the second starting point guard alongside Sherron Collins. Taylor proved to be a quality ball handler and a decent complimentary player to Collins during those two seasons.
As an upperclassman Taylor had little choice but to become the leader of the Jayhawks on the floor. He did a fine job, averaging 9.2 points and 4.6 assists and leading Kansas to a 35-3 overall record.
Taylor’s NBA future is as a point guard. His outside shooting has been terribly inconsistent during his time in Lawrence. Sometimes he can hit the mid-range jumper consistently and sometimes Taylor will even look like a good three-point shooter, but he has never been able to have any semblance of consistency on his jump shot. That will hurt his draft stock, but he does have nice size for a point guard and can do some scoring without having to worry too much about his jump shot. More importantly, Taylor will take care of the ball and play solid defense.
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