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Isaiah Taylor announces return for junior season

Aaron Carrara


Texas point guard Isaiah Taylor announced on Sunday evening that he will return to UT for his junior season.

Taylor, who missed roughly a third of the 2014-2015 season with a broken wrist, joins Kendall Yancy, Javan Felix and Demarcus Holland as key returners on Shaka Smart's 2015-2016 roster.

Taylor averaged 13.1 points per game and 4.6 assists per game last season.

courtesy of UT athletics:

AUSTIN, Texas — University of Texas point guard Isaiah Taylor announced Saturday evening he will return to UT for his junior season. Taylor led the team in scoring (13.1 ppg), assists (4.6 apg), steals (23) and minutes (31.5 mpg) while earning All-Big 12 Third Team honors as a sophomore.

“I will be coming back to work on my game and be a part of the new era of Texas Basketball,” Taylor said. “When it all came down to it, I didn’t want to leave my teammates and not be a part of something I feel can be special. Coach Smart says he needs me here to be the floor leader. I love our team, and I love The University of Texas.”

Taylor played and started in 24 games last year (missed 10 games with a left wrist injury) and reached double figures in scoring 17 times. He converted 85-of-101 (.842) free throws, added 3.2 rebounds per contest and posted a 110-to-63 (1.75-to-1) assist-to-turnover ratio on the season.

“Really excited about the opportunity to coach Isaiah next season,” head coach Shaka Smart said. “We’ve had the chance to work out on the court several times over the past few weeks, and his commitment to improvement has been terrific. We are looking forward to Isaiah being a tremendous leader for our team!”

Texas returns 12 of its 16 roster players from the 2014-15 team which posted a 20-14 mark and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Second Round.


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