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Sunday / December 17.
  • Tyshawn Taylor Q & A

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    Tyshawn_taylor_courtesy_siNew Marquette coach Buzz Williams will meet Friday with St. Anthony senior guard Tyshawn Taylor and legendary coach Bob Hurley in Jersey City in what essentially amounts to Williams’ first effort in re-recruiting Taylor in the wake of Tom Crean’s departure to Indiana..

    I will have a long piece in Friday’s Herald News about the coaching carousel in college hoops and its impact on several local athletes. Today I interviewed Taylor about his situation and here are his comments, some of which will appear in tomorrow’s story.

    Q: Tyshawn, What will you ask Coach Williams during the meeting?

    A: I want to ask him about his coaching style because I love how Coach Crean coaches.  I don’t want to go to Marquette and everything gets changed around.

    Q: What did you like about Coach Crean’s style?

    A: How he gave the guards freedom and how he went about talking to his players. He’s a high energy guy, which I like.

    Q: What kind of relationship do you have with Coach Williams?

    A: He recruited me. I had a better relationship with him than with Coach Crean.

    Q: Have you spoken with Coach Crean since he departed for Indiana?

    A: I talked to him one time and he told me to wait to see who gets the coaching job at Marquette.

    Q: What else did he say?

    A: Crean apologized. He explained to me why he left. i just would have wanted to know ahead of time but he didn’t even know what he was going to do. He has to do what’s best for him and I have to do what’s best for me.

    Q: Has this whole process been confusing for you?

    A: It’s definitely been confusing. It just threw me off, the whole thing. It’s hard to deal with at first.  But Coach Hurley told me to calm down and relax.

    Q: What are you concerned about at Marquette going forward?

    A: I want to know how many minutes I would play this year. They have a lot of guards. I know three of them are going to be seniors, Jerel McNeal, Wesley Matthew, and Dominic James. David Cubilllan and Maurice Acker are on the bench. That’s five guards.  Nick Williams asked for his released before we knew who the coach was going to be. That’s six guards not including me.

    Q: But didn’t you know all that before you committed?

    A: I want to know how my playing time will come in. Now that I had more time to think about it, I’m not sure what (Williams) is going  to do. I want to undertand what my mintues are going to be.

    Q: What do you think about the rule prohibiting kids from going to one Big East school after they committed to another?

    A: I haven”t talked to any other Big East schhools so it’s not that bad to me. It doesn’t effect me because I’m not getting recruited by any other Big East schools.

    Q: What schools are recruiting you?

    A: Coach Hurley gave me a list of schools and I haven’t really been able to talk to any of the coaches.
    He gave me a long list of schools — Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Texas, Kansas, Florida, Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan, St. Joe’s and Seton Hall. (Note: Seton Hall is he lone Big East school in this group.)

    Q: When will you make your decision?

    A: I probably won’t make a decision until Monday. I will talk to Coach Hurley on Monday afternoon.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.