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Saturday, January 5, 2013
Taylor gives Longhorns PG insurance

By Reggie Rankin

Three-star senior point guard Isaiah Taylor has committed to Texas over Alabama, SMU, Fresno State and Creighton, among others. He is the first commit in the Longhorns’ 2013 basketball class.

"I had a good relationship with the coaching staff ever since they jumped in about a month and a half ago,” said Taylor, a native of Oakland, Calif., who attends The Village School in Houston, Texas.

Rick Barnes
Rick Barnes will love the insurance and style of play new Texas point guard commit Isaiah Taylor will provide.
Taylor, who ran with Texas Pro on the AAU/travel circuit, will give coach Rick Barnes an athletic, pass-first point guard who will provide insurance in the event Myck Kabongo departs for the NBA. He could challenge Javan Felix for the starting position and should offer much-needed depth at the most important position in college basketball.

What does Taylor bring to the Longhorns?

He’s an attacking 6-foot-2, 175-pound point guard who can push the ball on the break and make plays at high speeds but under control. He creates help situations for opposing defenses and makes teammates better. He can run the offense or make a play on end-of clock-situations.

Taylor is tough for defenders to stay in front of, and at times he seems to get in the paint at will. He will have to improve as a shooter to draw out the defense in order to set up his ability to attack, but the speed, quickness and athleticism is in place.

Taylor will also help with getting the ball to young Longhorn bigs like Cameron Ridley, Jonathan Holmes, Connor Lammert and Ioannis Papapetrou and wings Sheldon McClellan and Julien Lewis. All of those players should immediately benefit with Taylor on the floor.

"I am going to push the ball, help the team get easy baskets, lead and run the team," Taylor said.

He instantly makes the Longhorns’ fast break better and will be able to create for teammates within the half-court offense. He is also a prideful defender who will be asked to set the tone in coach Rick Barnes’ pressure man defense.

"I like to pick up my man three-quarter court to pressure and contain," Taylor said.

Overall, Taylor is a good fit based on position need and ability to make plays and run the team. He has excellent upside.