Fresno State Basketball

Former Bulldog Deshon Taylor signs with pro basketball team abroad

Former Fresno State guard Deshon Taylor, a two-time first-team All-Mountain West Conference selection, has signed a contract with the Adelaide 36ers in the Australian Basketball League, what he called a great opportunity and fit for his game.

“It’s a good spot, good coaching, great team and they play the way I like to play,” said Taylor, who on Saturday is going through graduation ceremonies.

“The coach (Joey Wright) is a Chicago native and I know how Chicago players are. They’re aggressive. They like to play defense. They rely on their guard play. Coach Wright wants me to just go out there and be able to lead the team.”

The one-year contract includes a release that allows the 6-foot-2 guard to continue to pursue the NBA. Taylor is hoping to work out for some teams after the NBA Draft next month and land a spot in the summer league in July.

The ABL season starts in October.

Taylor last season averaged 17.9 points per game and was the only player on the all-conference team ranked in the top 10 in nine statistical categories. He was fifth in the league in scoring, second in assists, tied for sixth in steals, 10th in field-goal percentage, fourth in 3-point field-goal percentage, fifth in 3-pointers made, seventh in free-throw percentage, seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio and fourth in minutes played.

“Every coach we’ve checked up on has compared his game to Patrick Beverley in the fact that he’s a tough defender, he gets after it, he’s always ready to plat and he brings it, but he’s got the ability to shoot the ball as well,” Wright said, in a release from the team.

“He can shoot the ball from deep. He’s a guy that has done it the hard way, had to transfer into a higher program in college. (He’s) a kid that we’re really looking forward to coming in and really making his mark on the ABL.”

Robert Kuwada: @rkuwada
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