St. Anthony’s (Jersey City, N.J.) guard Tyshawn Taylor enjoyed an excellent spring and summer, becoming one of the better backcourt recruits in the 2008 recruiting class. Legendary St. Anthony’s head coach Bob Hurley, Sr., discussed the standout senior’s ability and recruitment, which is set to pick up this weekend with an official visit.
Taylor, whose mother is originally from New Jersey, actually grew up in the state of Florida. He moved back to New Jersey prior to the beginning of his sophomore year and has attended St. Anthony’s ever since.
“When he got here, I saw some very good potential,” Hurley said. “Mechanically, he didn’t have a good shot then but he has done a terrific job of putting the time in and improving. He now shoots the ball considerably better.
“He is 6-3, long, athletic and quick. He has a very good feel for playing. He plays the wing for me in high school because we have a lot of small kids on our team, but he played the point this summer and he showed he could do it. I think he could start out at point guard in college, but he is capable of playing both guard positions.”
Taylor’s breakout performance came in the Reebok U Camp in July. There, he led his AAU team to a championship and performed well against other top guard recruits. At that point, he really captured the attention of a number of top programs. Virginia Tech, the program he is visiting this weekend, had already been recruiting him and this could play to its benefit.
“A lot of teams saw him in July and really liked him, but Virginia Tech had already been in there since his junior year,” Hurley said. “The loyalty factor plays strongly in the hands of Virginia Tech.”
Coach Hurley discussed just how much of a factor the “loyalty factor” could be.
“I think a comfort level has been established,” Hurley said. “At the beginning of last year, [former Tech assistant coach] Brad Greenberg was in here. The more time the Virginia Tech coaches were up here, the more conversations we had about Tyshawn’s ability. They started to see what we were talking about.”
Virginia Tech isn’t the only scheduled official visit. According to Hurley, Taylor also plans to make official visits to “Virginia, Georgia Tech, Marquette and Kansas.” Marquette...
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