Texas's Isaiah Taylor celebrates with his teammates and fans after beating Oklahoma 76-63 during the of the NCAA men's college basketball game at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Tex., Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Isaiah Taylor makes it official: He’s leaving the Longhorns, going pro

Taylor will hire an agent and begin 'chasing my dream to play in the NBA'

Posted April 21st, 2016

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Texas guard Isaiah Taylor has made up his mind — he’s going pro.

Taylor has hired an agent, thereby losing his amateur status and making him ineligible to return to the Longhorns for the 2016-17 season.

On April 7, Taylor announced on Instagram that he was inserting his name into the NBA draft but would not hire an agent. By doing that, Taylor could begin working out for individual teams and get more feedback about his draft status.

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Texas guard Isaiah Taylor (1) passes between Iowa State defenders Abdel Nader, left, and Jordan Ashton during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Texas guard Isaiah Taylor (1) passes between Iowa State defenders Abdel Nader, left, and Jordan Ashton during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Two weeks later, Taylor is prepared to say goodbye after three seasons with the Horns where he averaged 13.6 points and 4.5 assists per game.

“I’ve been chasing my dream to play in the NBA my entire life. In order to fully pursue this dream, I have made the decision now to hire an agent and turn professional,” Taylor said in a statement released by UT.

“While I’m sad to be leaving my teammates and family behind at Texas, I am ready to start this next chapter of my career. Thank you to all the fans that have supported me these past three years. You have made me feel at home.

“Coach Smart, I learned so much from you in a short period of time and you will continue to be a role model for me. Love you, Coach,” Taylor continued.

“These next two months are going to be intense, but I’m ready for it. Follow along with my journey as I prepare for this next step in my career. Thanks again to all the fans here in Austin. Hook ‘em Horns!”

In a statement, UT coach Shaka Smart said, “We are extremely grateful for the impact Isaiah has made during his time at Texas. I truly enjoyed coaching him this past season and will support him wholeheartedly as he moves into this next stage of his career.”

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