TULSA, OK - MARCH 20: Tyshawn Taylor #10 of the Kansas Jayhawks dunks the ball against the Illinois Fighting Illini during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at BOK Center on March 20, 2011 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

2012 NBA Draft: Tyshawn Taylor Ready For 'Fresh Start' At Pro Level

The Kansas point guard hopes to shed any image issues heading into the 2012 NBA Draft.

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2012 NBA Draft: Tyshawn Taylor Sits Among Many Point Guards As Fringe 1st Round Prospects

If you ask ESPN’s Chad Ford, Tyshawn Taylor has quite the predicament heading into the 2012 NBA Draft. He’s worthy of a first round grade. He just earned championship game experience alongside Thomas Robinson for the Kansas Jayhawks this season. He’s been well-coached for several years under Bill Self. All of the tools are there except for one major issue: supply and demand.

Taylor is one of several talented point guard prospects vying for the second half of the first round in the upcoming 2012 NBA Draft. Yet there are many others who fit the same bill. Unfortunately, the number of teams looking for help at the point position drafting in the bottom third are close to zero.

Ford writes, “Taylor has been having great workouts and, again, teams generally like him. But as with Wroten and Cunningham, it’s unclear where he’ll go. After the Hawks select at No. 23, the Warriors are really the only team with even a remote need.”

The Wroten and Cunningham in question are Tony Wroten of Washington and Jared Cunningham of Oregon State. The same can be said of Scott Machado of Iona. The bottom line is that this is a very deep draft with several shooters and big men who will most likely push some of these players into the second round. That means that those teams atop the lottery will get a first round point guard talent as a draft class addition.

Taylor might not like his ultimate draft position once June 28th comes, but it also might put him in a situation with a point-needy team for some instant playing time. He’ll find out soon enough.

For the latest on the 2012 NBA Draft, be sure to check back here at SB Nation Kansas City. For more on the Jayhawks, head over to Rock Chalk Talk and join the discussion.

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2012 NBA Draft: Tyshawn Taylor Ready For 'Fresh Start' At Pro Level

Tyshawn Taylor’s draft stock has surprisingly very little to do with his on-court talent. Instead, in a recent candid interview before a workout with the Indiana Pacers, the former Kansas point guard mentioned that it’s questions surrounding his behavior and attitude off the court that has made his draft stock so volatile to accurately assess.

"I think a lot of people have questions not about my ability on the court, but some stuff off the court," said Taylor. "I think this is a clean slate, you know? They definitely have questions that they’re going to ask me, and I’ll be honest about it and just go from there. I think when you’re an 18- or 19-year-old kid in college, you’re going to make mistakes. You’re going to mess up sometimes. You gotta grow from it. I’m 22 now. I’ve grown from my mistakes, so I think this is definitely a fresh start for me that I’m excited to start."

The issues facing Taylor stem from a couple of incidents in his Kansas career he’d like to forget. First there was the fight that led to a dislocated finger in 2009. Then there was the suspension for team rules violations that head coach Bill Self did not close any details about. Either way, it shows why Taylor might be ready for a clean slate.

Taylor has been labeled as a late first round pick in some mock drafts to going undrafted in others. That latter scenario is not very likely since everyone agrees he’s going to be a positive contributor at the NBA level. He even says that no one is concerned about his impact on the game, and he’s ready to take on any doubts as to the rest of his persona.

"I think nobody is questioning my ability or if I’m talented enough to play in the league. Everybody that I’ve spoken to told me that I’m good enough to play in this league, but it’s just about some stuff they have questions about that I don’t have a problem answering. I’ve been open about it and doing interviews like this. Like I said, it’s just a new start for me."

Taylor and Thomas Robinson took the Jayhawks all the way to the NCAA Championship game this March against the Kentucky Wildcats in a season where most predicted KU’s run atop the Big 12 would finally end. It’s the maturity and leadership that’s developed in the last year or more that should help ease the concerns of any team wondering who they have in Taylor.

"To be in this situation is humbling and a blessing," he said. "I’m just going to take full advantage of it. Whatever team drafts me, I think it’s going to be a team that is willing to look past those questions and see my abilities. I’m going to fit good on the team because I’m going to work hard. I’m a winner. I think that’s proven."

For the latest on the 2012 NBA Draft, be sure to check back here at SB Nation Kansas City. For more on the Jayhawks, head over to Rock Chalk Talk and join the discussion.

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