Doug Gottlieb (who I generally like, I mean he does have an awesome first name right?) listed his top 12 returning seniors in college basketball. Jeff Taylor was the last guy he mentioned:
A tremendous athlete who has improved his shooting in his time in Nashville, Taylor could improve his shooting even more, but Vandy's lack of point guard play hurts that. Taylor helps the Dores at both ends and on the boards and is their go-to scorer as John Jenkins is more of a shooter. Look for Taylor to have a huge year.
Couple things, one I am surprised that Festus doesn't get mentioned in this article. I honestly believe that when this season is in the books, Festus will the guy everyone remembers. I can see him leading this team to a Final Four and ending up a Top 10 draft pick if he improves a fraction as much this season as he did last season. He can be dominant like no one else on this team if he puts it all together.
Secondly, what's with the unnecessary shot at Brad? Gottlieb didn't say we lacked "elite guard play", nope he seems to say we lack point guard play altogether. I vehemently disagree and am surprised a smart guy like Gottlieb wouldn't appreciate the things Brad brings to the table. Listen, he isn't an All-American but is a very solid and dependable 1 in my opinion. Also, I don't think Jeff's problems shooting the ball have anything to do with our PG play.
I'd say Brad/Jeff are the most polarizing player's on this team based on what is expected of them and what they have delivered. But I think Gottlieb is being unnecessarily harsh on Brad and not giving Taylor enough of the blame for his poor shooting last season.
What does everyone else think?
That is all, I now return you to the doldrums of summer sports scene.