Catching up with Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor before the NBA Draft

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By: Kels Dayton

Tyshawn Taylor is being projected as a mid-to-late second round pick. (Photo:

It’s been a long, crazy year for Tyshawn Taylor. The 6-3 guard led a young Kansas team from less-than-lofty preseason expectations to the brink of a national championship, simultaneously carrying the Jayhawks and giving fans his customary heart attack in the process.

The Jayhawks came together and improved like few teams in the nation could have, and Taylor and Thomas Robinson were two huge reasons for that. Tyshawn had a terrific season, putting up 17.3 points and 4.8 assists per game. Somehow, he didn’t make a three-pointer in the tournament until the final game. (He went 0-for-20 in five games). But the ‘Hawks point guard was still the heart and soul of the second-best team in America.

If Tyshawn is anything, he’s honest. And entertaining. He can make you scratch your head at a questionable decision, drop your jaw at a remarkable pass, or laugh out loud at an honest comment he makes at a press conference.

He was a prized recruit coming out of powerhouse Saint Anthony in New Jersey (aka Bobby Hurley’s school), but Tyshawn’s sensitive, emotions-on-his-jersey personality has made him a fan favorite. It’s hard not to like him, even though he did put Jayhawks fans through the ringer at times during a dizzying up-and-down career.

In this exclusive interview, Tyshawn dishes on his time at Kansas, his relationship with Bill Self, and his feelings on being projected as a second-round pick.

He also talks about adjusting to life on the road, playing against his idols, and why he thinks LeBron deserves a championship.

This is a must-listen for KU fans.

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