Tyshawn Taylor Just Wins and Wins

LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 26: (L-R) Marcus Morris #22 Tyshawn Taylor #10 and Travis Releford #24 of the Kansas Jayhawks celebrate their 98-41 victory over the Ohio Bobcats during the third round of the Las Vegas Invitational at The Orleans Arena November 26 2010 in Las Vegas Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

At age 17, Tyshawn Taylor won the state championship --and the mythical national high school title-- playing for St. Anthony's of Jersey City. At 19, he won a gold medal at the FIBA U19 Championship in New Zealand, the first for Team USA in 18 years. At Kansas, he came close, getting to the National Championship Game after a 127-21 record as a Jayhawk.

He had what he describes as "minor hiccups" at Kansas, but his coach, Bill Self, admits he was the most "controversial" player he's ever had. Still on June 17, he received a degree in communications from Kansas and 11 days later was drafted by the Nets.

Not bad for a kid who at age 8 was living in a battered womens' shelter.

"He’s not going to beat Deron out," said Self who coached both Taylor and Williams in college. "Maybe he can be a backup guard that’s big enough to defend the two and I think he’s so athletic, I think he’ll be a nice addition. I know he’s excited, and I’m really excited for him. They’re going to be good."

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