Colonial top-scorer withdraws from NBA draft

Men’s basketball junior guard Tony Taylor applied for early entry to the 2011 NBA Draft, but withdrew his name Thursday.

Sports information director Dave Lubeski said Taylor withdrew his name from the early entry. This move allows last season’s top-scorer to play for GW next season.

Taylor’s decision to apply for early entry to the draft came ahead of GW release of men’s basketball head coach Karl Hobbs after 10 seasons Monday.

Taylor was the Colonials top-scorer last season, averaging 14.8 points per game, and was third in the Atlantic 10 in assists per game with 4.6. He was named to the all-conference second-team in March, despite being forced to adapt early in the season to a new role for the Colonials once Preseason All-Atlantic 10 third team guard Lasan Kromah went down for the season with an injured left foot.

With Kromah sidelined, Taylor blossomed in conference play as GW’s top offensive weapon, scoring a career-high 28 against La Salle to open A-10 play and scoring in double figures in all but three conference games for the Colonials.

– Elizabeth Traynor contributed to this report.

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