Taylor led the Bulldogs in scoring in an exhibition loss to Saint Mary’s Wednesday night
Starting in 16 games last season, Taylor had seven 20+ point outings including 32 at Wyoming in February
Taylor is yet another matchup nightmare in a loaded Fresno State back court
We’ve reached #11 in the MWC Wire Basketball Countdown.
The #11 player in the MWC Wire staff’s rankings is Fresno State guard Deshon Taylor.
Taylor, who is a native of Riverside, California, spent his first collegiate season with UMKC before transferring back to his home state. In 2014-15 with the UMKC Kangaroos, Taylor had a modest role, scoring 7.6 points per game. He then sat out the 2015-16 season per NCAA eligibility rules to become a member of Fresno State the following year.
Last season, Taylor finished second on the team in scoring at 12.5 points per game. He also hit 50 three-pointers, good for second on the team behind only Jahmel Taylor (unrelated). Though Deshon is a great perimeter threat, his driving ability is also worth noting, as he connected on 79 shots at the rim last season (Hoop-Math). Look for both Deshon Taylor and Jahmel Taylor to be a dynamic duo in transition, where they attempted a combined 84 triples in transition last season.
Taylor’s mix of efficient offensive output and defensive ability (2.4% steal percentage last year, per KenPom) will make Fresno State a tough out this season.
- 11 – Deshon Taylor, Fresno State
- 12 – Jaron Hopkins, Fresno State
- 13 – Hayden Dalton, Wyoming
- 14 – Jeremy Hemsley, San Diego State
- 15 – Jovan Mooring, UNLV
- 16 – Jordan Johnson, UNLV
- 17 – Lindsey Drew, Nevada
- 18 – Shakur Juiston, UNLV
- 19 – Ryan Welage, San Jose State
- 20 – Sam Logwood, New Mexico
- 21 – Jeremiah Paige, Colorado State
- 22 – Jahmel Taylor, Fresno State
- 23 – Justinian Jessup, Boise State
- 24 – Alan Herndon, Wyoming
- 25 – Dane Kuiper, New Mexico
- Honorable Mentions