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July 10, 2013Brendyn Taylor showed potential last year on defense. In USC's recent one- on-one workouts, he's trying to become more than a solid defender.
"There's a lot of teaching going on in the individual workouts," Taylor said. "There's been a lot of skill development and fundamentals. We've just been breaking everything down and making sure that our games are going to be polished. We're working on things that'll transfer over into games."
His personal focus is to attack on offense.
"I've improved on some one-on-one stuff. I've worked on decision-making when I get the ball, what I'm going to do and how I'm going to beat the defender. We've been focusing on what move we should make to get past him, whether it be a counter move or something else, and then taking the next step to get to the rim."
While it's early, the individual workouts seem to have helped the team. Taylor has seen some improvement.
"It's been going pretty well," he said. "We're still trying to get that chemistry down right now because it's really early, but everyone is looking good."
Including on the offensive side of the ball.
"The coaches want everyone to be comfortable, but aggressive," Taylor said. "They're really big on shooting the ball if you're open. They get a little upset if you don't take that shot."
Taylor believes that mentality will help USC win games right away.
"We have a young team but I think we can surprise a lot of people. The way we play is going to help us. I believe a lot of us work well in the transition game and I think it'll help us," Taylor said.
"I know that down the road, with the foundation they're laying right now, this team will be successful. If not next year, then soon. The way Coach Enfield has come in and run this program, I can definitely see that they'll be successful."
The team atmosphere has definitely changed.
"I feel like there's more unity among the players and coaches," Taylor said. "I think we're all in tune with each other and it helps with instruction. They're teachers of the game and it'll help us on and off the court.
" It feels like a family setting. We're close already and it's only been a couple of weeks. They want us to work extremely hard. They're hard on us, but we're receptive to it. The relationships that we have are going to help us and it's a big difference from last year."
Taylor believes there will be a big difference in this USC basketball team -- and an improvement in his own game.
"I'm just trying to work hard and show everyone what I can do. I feel like last year, I didn't really get a chance to show people what I'm capable of. I got to play in spurts, here and there, but I was a pretty good lockdown defender. I'm ready to show the world what I can do."