Brooklyn Nets rookie guard and lifelong Hoboken, New Jersey resident Tyshawn Taylor was honored over the weekend for his work in the community of Hoboken at the Richard Hicks Black Youth Empowerment Luncheon at the Boys and Girls Club Saturday:
Taylor, who played point guard for St. Anthony High School in Jersey City, was awarded with the Black Youth Empowerment Special Leadership Award for his work with children.
The annual event hosted by the Hoboken Housing Authority is held each year in memory of the late Richard Hicks. It recognizes community leaders who encourage black youth to achieve their lofty dreams in life and give something back to the community.
Taylor's stellar play at St. Anthony High led to a scholarship to the University of Kansas, where he was the the Big 12 Conference's fifth highest scorer as a senior with 16.6 points per game and 4.8 assists per game. But he always considered Hoboken to be his home.
“When I got drafted to Brooklyn, after being in Kansas for four years, I didn’t think about living in New York or Brooklyn," Taylor said at the event. “I thought, I’m going to come home.”
Always good to see NBA players giving back to their communities, especially rookies like Taylor who are still adjusting to NBA life.
(H/T NJ.com, unfortunate URL aside -- Brooklyn Nicks, guys? Really?)