MWC Wire Top 25 Basketball Countdown: #11 - Deshon Taylor

MWC Wire Top 25 Basketball Countdown: #11 - Deshon Taylor


MWC Wire Top 25 Basketball Countdown: #11 - Deshon Taylor

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

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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.

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