Texas Longhorns junior point guard Isaiah Taylor will declare for the NBA Draft, according to ESPN's Jeff Goodman, but will not hire an agent, allowing him to keep open the possibility of returning to school to play his senior season for head coach Shaka Smart. The school confirmed the news several hours after Goodman's initial report.
In light of recent rule changes that allow a prospect to declare for the draft, go through the pre-draft combine, and then opt to return to school as long as they don't hire an agent, this is a relatively unsurprising decision by the 6'1, 170-pounder -- in essence, he has nothing to lose by going through this process. He will have 10 days after the combine to decide his NBA future and can also try out with one team without losing his eligibility.
Taylor dealt with a plantar fasciitis injury at the end of the season that limited his effectiveness at times, but still turned in an outstanding season, leading the team in scoring (15.0) and assists (5.0). His 2.67 assist-to-turnover rate was good enough to finish third on the school's all-time single-season list.