UPDATED: TJ Taylor enters transfer portal
LARAMIE -- Trevon "TJ" Taylor confirmed on Twitter Tuesday that he has entered the NCAA transfer portal.
Evan Daniels, a director of recruiting for 247sports, announced on Twitter that the Cowboys guard will be leaving the school. Taylor retweeted the post.
Taylor is the first basketball player to enter the portal since head coach Allen Edwards was fired Monday afternoon. Through public interaction on Twitter, Taylor said "nothing set in stone. I can always take my name out."
Robert Hammond, a longtime UW reporter at the Laramie Boomerang, wrote to Taylor:
Taylor answered with:
Taylor, a sophomore from Chesapeake, Virginia, played in 33 games during his second season in Laramie, averaging seven points per outing. Taylor also pulled down 3.4 rebounds per game to go along with a 48.5 percent shooting percentage.
Taylor's best performance in a UW uniform came in a 76-49 home win over Detroit. He netter a career-high 22 points and snagged six boards. During his freshman season, Taylor scored 21 in a victory over Grambling.
In a quarterfinal upset of Colorado State in last week's Mountain West Tournament, Taylor scored 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting. He hit both of his 3-point attempts in the 80-74 win.
For stretches of the season, Taylor was forced into an interior role. He went up against some of the biggest forwards in the league while standing just 6-feet, 6-inches and weighing 197 pounds. Consistency was also an issue for Taylor. In the first five conference games of the season, he scored a total of 14 points in 90 minutes of play. Eight of those points came in a loss to Boise State.
Then there were the good stretches.
In the final four games of the regular season, Taylor averaged 12.5 points per night and pulled down 16 boards.