SALT LAKE CITY - Utah men's basketball has signed point guard Brandon Taylor to a National Letter of Intent, head coach Larry Krystkowiak announced Wednesday. A native of West Hollywood, Calif., the 5-foot-10 Taylor led Pacific Hills High School to the state championship this season.
"Brandon has a really good feel for the game of basketball," said Krystkowiak. "He is a tremendous shooter and a natural leader. He's a great floor general, with the ability to score and distribute the basketball. Brandon's teammates flock to him and love to play with him, and if there is one person on the floor who you want to have that quality, it's your point guard."
As a senior, Taylor averaged 19.8 points per game to go with 7.5 assists and 3.8 rebounds per contest. He was named the CIF Div. 4A Player of the Year, the Alpha League Most Valuable Player, the co-MVP of the National Prep Classic and was also the Torrey Pines Tournament MVP.
This team is mentally tough and has no quit in them. We had 8 straight losses headed into the game last night, but they were competitive in all of them. They are prepared, have game plan, and for the most part seem to execute it. They got a nice payoff last night for all their effort.
We don't have the talent right now, so it remains to be seen if K can recruit, but I do know that whomever he recruits, they will be prepared and play hard.
It must be difficult being a BYU fan this morning...
by U-Ute 2011-03-02 10:15:29
Say what you want about the Honor Code, it doesn't matter. The Honor Code isn't anything new. It is something that BYU prides itself on in making itself different. They want their students to live up to a code of conduct, and they enforce it. That is something that BYU fans can take pride in.
Now it causes one of their star basketball players to get suspended. Not just one of their stars, but one of their stars on one of their best basketball teams ever on the eve of the biggest basketball tournament. It has to sting the BYU faithful a LOT to have this happen right now. This has to be testing their faith in the institution.
The most disappointing thing about the team this year....
by U-Ute 2011-02-14 08:56:25
This team can shoot. This team can defend. This team can rebound.
Is not the talent, but the work ethic.
These guys just don't seem to understand what it takes to win at this level. The effort, the fire, the tenacity. This team just doesn't consistently have it. They don't understand how important every loose ball and rebound is, and don't fight for every one of them.
When you have 3 opposing players flying towards a rebound, while we only have one Ute going for it while 2 stand around flat footed, you're going to lose.
When the opposing team's guard gets a defensive rebound in the key and takes it right up the middle of the floor, running straight through 3 Utes jogging back on defense, you're going to lose.
They get it at times. I've seen them scrap for loose balls and rebounds, but you have too many players taking too many plays off that you just don't consistently get it.
I think Gottleib hit the nail on the head when he pointed out that Clyburn doesn't get the ball enough. He had 16 points last night, almost by accident, and that's how its been all season.
Someone on this team needs to recognize that he's the best player, and get him the The Damn Ball. Either he needs to demand it, Jiggy needs to say "I'm giving you the ball, shoot it!", or Grandpa Watkins needs to knock heads and get the team to look for him.
Offensively, the team looks lost, like their not quite sure what they're supposed to be doing. Hey. I have a great idea: give the ball to Clyburn! Sheesh.
Defensively, they played much better in the second half, but they made a lot of stupid fouls. They confuse pushing with their arms with position play when it comes to being "physical". They do a good job of funneling the traffic to Foster. Defense is pretty easy to play when he's behind you.
Since this is my first look at the team, even though I've been listening to the games, here's some thoughts so far in the season:
4 points and 9 rebs from our center position is pathetic. Missed a bunch of point blank shots. This kind of production has been consistent all season long. If we don't get more production out of the middle by conference time, we're gonna get killed. Its our only advantage. The league is loaded with talented guards and wingmen, there isn't much in the way of size.
I like Kupets. He's a blue collar energy guy. He'll scrap for loose balls, and come up with 4-6 points a night, and put out the effort on the defensive end. He's making the most of his limited talent.
Glover makes Bashful the Dwarf look like Jordan Chase. He has the physical tools, but I don't know if he's aggressive enough to use them. He's had plenty of time to come out of his shell, so I don't know if he ever will. The Yang to the Yin of Kupets.
I like Jiggy. I like how he pushes the ball up the floor and makes things happen in the lane. He's a tough guy.
Hines is a decent player. Takes too many plays off on the defensive side though. His shooting has improved though. I don't cringe every time he shoots now.
Probably too early to judge O'Brien, but I will anyway. Seems big and athletic. His FT's seemed awkward, so I don't know how good of a shooter he'll be. Put about 15 more pounds on him, and he could make a nice 4. He has the frame for it.
DiMaria played 3 minutes. Jury is still out on him.
We missed G-Wat's toughness and leadership, but I don't think we win this game with him on the floor.
Still, there were definitely bright spots. Butler is a really good team. Howard is treat to watch. We're just still too inconsistent right now.
Going into the season, and not knowing a lick about the teams that Utah was playing in the pre-season, but predicting wins/losses based on program, home vs away, and throwing in a random loss or two, I figured the Utes would end up somewhere between 9-6 and 11-4. I thought they would lose @USU, @Bradley, @Michigan, and against Butler, with possible losses against Pepperdine or Fresno State, and maybe a second loss on the islands.
Right now, they are on track for that 11-4 mark, although, I must admit, Fresno State and Pepperdine are much worse than I thought they would be. Michigan lost @Syracuse by 3, but otherwise haven't played anyone, so this one is still a big question mark in my book. It is hard to win on the road, but the Utes showed they could against Bradley.
All in all, I'm excited for the Diamond Head Classic when I finally get to see them play.
I graduated from Olympus High in Salt Lake City in 1987 from the U in 1993 in Computer Science. It was during my time in school that Ute athletics started to make their climb. They hired McBride and Majerus while I was at the U. Hence my love for Ute athletics.
I still currently live in the Salt Lake valley and work as a software engineer.
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