University of Texas

Texas guard Taylor hires agent as part of NBA draft preparations

Texas point guard Isaiah Taylor, who averaged a team-high 15.0 points and 5.0 assists per game last season, announced Thursday he has hired an agent to assist in preparations for the 2016 NBA Draft. Hiring the agent means that Taylor, a junior last season, cannot return to school if he goes unselected in June. He said in a statement that he is ready to begin life as a professional basketball player.

“I’ve been chasing my dream to play in the NBA my entire life,” Taylor said. “In order to fully pursue this dream, I have made the decision now to hire and agent and turn professional … I am ready to start this next chapter of my career. These next two months are going to be intense, but I’m ready for it.”

In a statement, Texas coach Shaka Smart said: “We are extremely grateful for the impact Isaiah has made during his time at Texas. I truly enjoyed coaching him this past season and will support him wholeheartedly as he moves into this next stage of his career.”

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