Taylor is listed on ESPN's top 12 point guards for the 2011-12 season.
Former Duke point guard and current ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Williams knows something about playing the point guard position at a high level. So when J-Will makes his own list for his favorite 12 point guards heading into the upcoming season, it's something we want to pay close attention to. The good news for the Kansas Jayhawks is that Tyshawn Taylor is among the ones listed.
Williams writes, "Taylor will have his work cut out for him this season without Josh Selby and the Morris twins, but a lack of courage and toughness is something that does not exist in the DNA of this St. Anthony product. He led the Jayhawks with 4.6 assists per game last season despite spending a lot of time off the ball. Where TT excels is in his ability to pressure the ball and spearhead the KU defense. His excellent lateral quickness mixed with his wirey 6-foot-3 frame make him the antithesis for scoring point guards."
That perimeter defense will make a big difference in Big 12 play this year and Thomas Robinson provides the same defensive anchor underneath in the lane. It's an excellent combination that Bill Self hopes will provide enough defensive power to stay atop the Big 12.