Washington sophomore Jahmel Taylor is transferring, coach Lorenzo Romar said Thursday morning. “His attitude has been great and he’s been great all along,” Romar said. “It’s just that he wants to play. So we talked about it that’s what he’s going to do, he’s going to transfer.” Taylor is the second player to leave the…More
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Washington guard Mike Anderson had a dazzling performance Monday night at the Northwest Collegiate Summer League. Anderson finished with 20 points and Darin Johnson added 13 while leading their team to a 75-69 win over a squad led by Seattle University standout Isiah Umipig. Anderson did a little bit of everything. During the opening seconds he knifed…More
Caught up with Jahmel Taylor on Monday at the Northwest Collegiate Summer League. Paired against Seattle University standout Isiah Umipig, the Washington sophomore guard finished with 12 points, including two three-pointers while leading his team to a 93-80 win. It was a nice showing for both guards. Taylor (5-11 and 175 pounds) had difficulty eluding the…More
Former Washington star Isaiah Thomas thrilled fans at the Northwest Collegiate Summer League on Monday with a surprise appearance. However, it was another diminutive Husky guard who stole the show. Jahmel Taylor scored 23 points while pairing with Thomas and UW center Gilles Dierickx and leading New Jersey to an 81-75 win over a Lakers team…More
You never know what you’ll get at the Northwest Collegiate Summer League. Games are played Mondays and Wednesdays and some nights NBA players such as Isaiah Thomas and professional players like Justin Dentmon and Matthew Bryan-Amaning will make an appearance.
But mostly the NCAA-sanctioned league is a showcase and training ground for college players. This year Washington, Seattle University and Seattle Pacific are participating and since this is a UW blog, we’ll focus on the Huskies.
There were four games this week, but the most interesting matchup was Monday’s nightcap that included a Suns team comprised of UW freshmen Darin Johnson and Jahmel Taylor against a Nets squad led by UW walk-on Quinn Sterling.
The Nets dominated in a 72-55 victory with Sterling adding 12 points. He’s a lights-out shooter, especially when his feet are set. Off the dribble, he’s not nearly as effective and he’s limited athletically.
Taylor finished with four points in loss. He’s exciting to watch because he’s all energy and hustle. A couple of summer league coaches raved about his leadership skills and ability to accept coaching. Taylor is a prototypical undersized point guard. At 5-11, he’s always one of the quickest players on the floor. He doesn’t shy away from contact and stands his ground against bigger guards. However, at times the 160-pounder is at a size disadvantage when he’s forced to defend forwards in the paint. If he’s in a defensive scheme that switches on picks, then he could be exposed.
Still Taylor is at his best on the defensive end because he’s got a bulldog mentality. On Monday his perimeter shot was erratic. He struggled on pick-n-rolls, which is bound to happen in summer league games. And he had more turnovers (five) than points. Taylor has to improve his college three-pointer much like Thomas and Dentmon did during their careers at UW.
Johnson was the best player on the floor and the star of the night. He scored a game-high 21 points. He stood out because of a diversified offensive attack. He did a little bit of everything. On three occasions in the first half, he got to the rim with a beautiful spin move in the lane and finished with his left hand. Twice in the second half, he used his dribble to separate from a defender and drained long jumpers. He was also adept using screens at the high post to create offense for himself.
Johnson is a fluid player who doesn’t look like he’s exhorting much energy. He tends to glide across the floor. But he’s also surprisingly athletic and grabbed a couple of rebounds in traffic.
On Monday Johnson didn’t make many high-flying plays above the rim. Not sure if that’s in his repertoire. However, he looked like somebody who might help the Huskies offensively next season.
Washington, which lost three of its top four scorers, needs players who can score. It’s easy to imagine Johnson filling a spot in the rotation as an offensive-minded spark plug off the bench. Not sure how the 6-4 guard can start in a backcourt that will likely feature C.J. Wilcox, Andrew Andrews and Nigel Williams-Goss. It also remains to be seen if Johnson can rebound and defend well enough to warrant significant minutes. Terrence Ross is arguably the most gifted offensive UW player in the past decade, but he struggled to stay on the floor as a freshman because his defensive struggles.
Here’s a quick Q&A with Johnson from Monday.More
[do action=”brightcove-video” videoid=”2377062110001″/] Six future Pac-12 players competed in Saturday’s inaugural West Coast All-Star Classic at the ShoWare Center. None scored more points than Bothell High’s Zach LaVine, who is headed to UCLA, and California-bound Jordan Matthews. They each had 19 points and Arizona-bound Elliott Pitts had 11 to help the West team to a 123-121 victory. Washington…More
It’s been a long time coming, but Jahmel Taylor is finally making his official visit at Washington. He arrived this week and his trip to Seattle will serve two purposes. He’ll get a chance to see the university and the city for the first time and he’s also going to compete in this weekend’s West Coast…More
[do action=”brightcove-video” videoid=”2308497320001″/] The first day of the spring signing period went off without a hitch for Washington, which added guards Jahmel Taylor and Mike Anderson to a class that includes guards Nigel Williams-Goss and Darin Johnson. Coach Lorenzo Romar said the Huskies have 12 players on the roster. The team has another scholarship to give, but…More
The spring signing period began today and Jahmel Taylor and Mike Anderson are expected to make their verbal commitments with Washington official.
Here’s our story on the incoming recruits.
Had a chance to talk with Taylor. He’s a late-bloomer who capitalized on a big year at a new school.
The 5-11 and 160-pound point guard from Los Angeles averaged 22.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.3 steals while leading Pacific Hills High to a CIF state championship Division IV title.
Here’s the interview.More
Washington incoming freshmen Darin Johnson and Jahmel Taylor headline the lineup in the inaugural West Coast All-Star Classic, which will be played 6 p.m. Saturday May 11 at the ShoWare Center in Kent. Zach LaVine (UCLA) highlights a list of Seattle players committed to playing in the hoops showcase including: D.J. Fenner (Nevada), Tucker Haymond (Western…More