Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Warning!!! Cliche Title: A Diamond in the Rough

The other player joining Wisconsin's roster in the fall (he's actually arriving in Madison right after graduating to get a head start) is 6'4" 175 pound SG Diamond Taylor. Diamond is a very capable scorer and outside shooter, but is known even more so for his defense. His biggest weakness according to many scouts is his strength, but over the past year, he has bulked up by 25 pounds, and it shows if you compare a picture of him as a junior and one from this season. With his scoring ability, Diamond brings something that many have been clamoring for... another player consistently capable of driving and creating off the dribble. At 6'4", he's likely to play the 2 spot for most of his career, however, Bo has said he is versatile enough to play the 1 and the 3 also. The only question is, like with Bruiser, can he crack the rotation? My guess is no, since the depth of this upcoming team is in the backcourt. Maybe we will be pleasantly surprised and he's too good to keep off the court. But I just can't imagine a Bo Ryan team going 11 deep. It would be nice though... maybe then that press would be implemented, just kidding.

Diamond's Senior Season
Approximate Statistics
16 PPG
48% FG
39% 3PT
74% FT

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