Oklahoma may now have a replacement for Willie Warren, should he decide to jump to the NBA after next season. The Sooners gained their first commitment to the 2010 recruiting class Tuesday, with Texas combo guard T.J. Taylor of Denison giving his pledge to OU, according to Rivals.com. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Taylor picked the Sooners over Arizona State and Marquette, among others.
Warren strongly considered turning pro this spring, before passing on a chance to skip to the NBA. The lure is likely to only intensify a year from now. Under such a scenario, Taylor would seem to fit as a natural replacement, not only as a near identical size match, but in style as well. “I see myself playing the role of a playmaker,” Taylor told Rivals. “I can score when I need to, and I also like to pass the basketball.” Taylor also said he was attracted by OU coach Jeff Capel. “Coach Capel was a great player at Duke and was a 6-3 guard like me,” Taylor said. “He knows what it takes to be a pro and he can develop me.” Taylor averaged 26 points a game as junior at Denison. According to Rivals, Taylor also held offers from Arizona State, Marquette, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, TCU and Iowa State. OU still has one scholarship to give in the 2009 class, due to the departure of Blake Griffin to the NBA.