Three years ago, UT Martin forward Myles Taylor entered the league with a boom — while the Skyhawks struggled, Taylor shined, averaging more than 13 points a game and five rebounds a game. His sophomore year, he took a small step forward, adding three points and two rebounds to his per game totals.
At the end of that year, disaster: Taylor suffered a knee injury in the season finale. A summer of rehab got Taylor back on the court in time for last season, and Taylor has a solid year, but failed to reach his lofty totals from the year before. While Taylor still had a solid year, he didn’t really ever seem 100% — whether it was the knee, or the remnants of another disaster of a year in Martin rearing it’s head.
Still, it’s hard not to consider the undersized Taylor (listed at just 6’7) as one of the elite forwards in a league often lacking in impact players in the paint. But this year could present a lofty challenge: UT Martin has a new coach, former UNLV assistant Heath Schroyer, who is wasting no time bringing in his players and some highly touted recruits. Taylor must learn, and find his place in a new system, against stiffer inter-team competition.
That’s one reason Taylor doesn’t rank any higher on our list of top-10 players — more so than the guys that will follow, Taylor’s future, short at it is at the collegiate level, faces the most uncertainty.
There are some things that probably locks, given his consistency over his career: Taylor will shot about 50% from the field, he’ll hit about 74% of his free-throws, he’s not going to get in foul trouble often, and he’ll hit just enough three’s to make you think twice about leaving him open on the perimeter, without ever actually being a thee-point threat.
Taylor’s not without his negatives: he’s never averaged more than 27-minutes a game over his career, you’d like to see more assists, there are some defensive question marks, especially after the knee-injury, and he takes a questionable amount of jumpers, (47% of his shots, according to Hoop-Math) given his strength is at the rim. What impact with Schroyer have on the forward’s development? Time will tell.
It’s hard not to consider the undersized Taylor (listed at just 6’7) as one of the elite forwards in a league often lacking in impact players in the paint
You expect seniors to be the cornerstone of your team — and Taylor has the skill to be that kind of player. But have we already seen Taylor’s best? Will Schroyer look to a guy like Taylor, or one of his recruits to lead the team — someone that might be around for two or three years. How will Taylor fit into a new system?
This is without a doubt a skilled player. But there are just too many questions to list Taylor higher in our top-10 player countdown. But make no mistake — he’s shown in the last three years that he’s more than capable of proving me wrong.