Great story. He would have been one of the top Cyclones in ISU history.
He is a flat out stud. Im glad he's back playing good ball and staying out of 'trouble'
That is a glowing endorsement. I really hope the best for Mike.Quote:
"Mike Taylor is the best player here," read the text message from a coach in the stands watching Thursday night as Taylor got 24 points on 12 shots. "This is going to start a trend of guys leaving early and going to the D-League to prepare, I think."
I also like how he and McD are good friends now. He is now mature enough to realize why things happened the way they did.
I'll definitely be watching the draft to see where he ends up this year.
A bit more stuff.
DraftExpress: NBA Pre-Draft Camp, Day ThreeQuote:
The third day of the NBA pre-draft camp in Orlando saw many prospects break out of their shells and finally play up to their full potential. Players are settling into playing alongside each other and the games began to take on more resemblance of actual basketball. Gary Forbes’ 30 point outing and Mike Taylor’s 24 points were the highlights of the day.
Again we started the day with drills from 9 AM to 11, giving us a chance to focus in on different parts of prospects’ skill-sets than we could see in the games. One player that stood out more than anyone else in the individual drills was D-League combo guard Mike Taylor, a phenomenal athlete blessed with terrific scoring instincts who was deadly creating his own shot in 1 on 1 settings. He got to the rack whenever he pleased and did a great job creating space from his defender with his jab-steps and pull-up moves.
The last game of the evening was another up-tempo affair, even if it ended up being a blowout in favor of Team 6, 99-78 over Team 3. For the winners, Mike Taylor continues to help his stock by showing possibly the most athleticism of any guard in this camp. He was simply a blur in the open floor, weaving his way in and out of traffic being impossible to stay in front of even in the half-court, a looking relentlessly explosive finishing around the basket. He was a man on a mission today, making emphatic plays that clearly left a strong impression in the eyes of decision makers who had never seen him before. His perimeter shot comes better than advertised, as he displayed by pulling up off the dribble from mid-range and killing his defender for going underneath a screen, while also knocking down 2 of his 5 attempts from behind the NBA arc. He also made two very nice reads in the half-court, in back to back possessions, making good reads to slashing cutters moving off the ball for easy finishes. He’s clearly more of a shooting guard than a point, but seems to have the instincts for that not to be as much of a factor these days as it may have been a few years back. He needs to continue to be unselfish and maybe bring it up a notch on the defensive end, but you can’t argue with how well he’s played here so far. He definitely has a chance to get drafted.
I'm glad to see this, I just hope all this attention doesn't go to his head.
Anyone else think he could be kind of like an Eddie House in the NBA?
Well, I hope now we can never hear again that Mike Taylor sucks because he averaged 4 turnovers a game for a bad team where he was forced to create and force things all game long.
I honestly cannot believe how many posts I read stating that.
I wish Mike the best, anybody who met him knows he meant well and is a good person, just a little too care-free at certain times.
House is a good comparison, but Taylor is a better athlete. Although, probably not as good of a shooter.
Maybe Wesley should think D League in Idaho or Austin also versus sitting out another year in K-Y.
so if he makes the NBA will it say he's from isu