Taylor Playing For the Future

LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 26: Tyshawn Taylor #10 of the Kansas Jayhawks brings the ball up the court against the Ohio Bobcats during the third round of the Las Vegas Invitational at The Orleans Arena November 26 2010 in Las Vegas Nevada. Kansas won 98-41. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Stefan Bondy profiles the newest Net and the first Brooklyn Net, Tyshawn Taylor. Taken at #41, Taylor was as ranked as high as the mid-20's on some mocks, including the Nets' internal mock. One reason why - lingering doubts about his maturity that plagued him throughout his four years at Kansas.

As a sophomore, Taylor posted threats to his Facebook account, and then carried them out by fighting a football player. Then later, he was suspended by Kansas Coach Bill Self for violating (unspecified) team rules. By his senior year, those issues were history, but his other issue, on-court consistency, still plagued him.

"I’m not the same 18-, 19-year-old kid I was in college. I’m older," said Taylor, who found himself living with his mother in a battered women’s shelter in Florida at age 8. "I’m going to keep growing. I’m going to keep maturing. That was just a time in my life when I was young and immature, and I’m not anymore."

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