Jahmel Taylor, a 5-foot-11 combo guard who left the University of Washington last month, has transferred to Fresno State and on Wednesday went through his first practice with the Bulldogs men’s basketball team.
“Jahmel is a guy that we recruited the first time around and he ended up going to Washington, but is a guy we saw that could be a really good solid player for us on both ends of the floor,” coach Rodney Terry said. “He’s a really good character kid and a guy who can really shoot the basketball.
“The more he gets acclimated with what we’re doing and how we do it, he’ll be a really solid player for us.”
Taylor, who played a total of seven minutes in two games this season for the Huskies, will be eligible to play for the Bulldogs after the fall semester next season.
As a freshman at Washington, Taylor played in 18 games, averaging 3.7 minutes and 1.7 points per game. But he could not carve out more playing time in the Huskies’ deep backcourt. He was rated a three-star prospect by one recruiting service coming out of Pacific Hills High in Los Angeles and along with Fresno State and Washington had scholarship offers from Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara.
“He’s a really good shooter, and you can always find a place for a guy that can really shoot the basketball and put pressure on the basket,” Terry said.
“What he does do is he gives you a solid guy that can play between the one and the two (guard positions). This year, when we were in a pinch, when we were in trouble, he could have been a guy that we could have run at the point and not had to make Marvelle (Harris) the point.”