Hoops recruit ‘loved’ KU visit

Tyshawn Taylor sought the opinion of a fellow Easterner on his Wednesday-Friday official campus visit to Kansas University.

“I spoke to Russell a lot. Russell is from the city, too, so we have a lot in common,” Taylor, a 6-foot-3 point senior point guard from St. Anthony High in Jersey City, N.J., said of Robinson, KU’s outgoing senior guard from the Bronx, N.Y.

“I asked him how he adjusted to going to school so far away. He said he adjusted well,” added Taylor, Rivals.com’s No. 77-rated player, in a phone interview after returning to Jersey on Friday night.

Taylor averaged 10.0 points and 5.0 assists for undefeated state champion St. Anthony. He recently was released from his letter of intent to Marquette after coach Tom Crean bolted for Indiana.

Taylor, who already has visited Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Marquette and KU, said he will meet with St. Anthony coach Bob Hurley on Monday then decide whether he wants to make a final visit to Florida.

“Tell everybody they have a great shot (at landing Taylor), and thanks for being so kind to me. I loved it,” Taylor said of his trip to Lawrence.

If Taylor ultimately picks KU – and judging from the enthusiasm in his voice the Jayhawks figure to be his leaders – he likely would room with Quintrell Thomas, a 6-8 senior power forward from St. Patrick High in Elizabeth, N.J.

“Yes, I know Quintrell. He’s a very good player,” Taylor said. “My high school team went against his for the state championship. We won, but they got us the last two years.”

St. Anthony beat St. Patrick, 64-52, in the state semis. Taylor had 10 points and Thomas four points (with seven boards) in that game.