Jonas Jerebko pegs Vanderbilt’s Jeffery Taylor as next Swedish NBA player

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan – Jonas Jerebko will forever hold the distinction of becoming the NBA’s first Swedish player, but he’s clearly ready for company.

The Piston thinks Vanderbilt junior wing Jeffery Taylor, who was born in Norrkoping, Sweden, could be next.

Jerebko said he doesn’t know Taylor well, but he considers him a friend. And although he hasn’t watched much college basketball, Jerebko is aware of Taylor’s athleticism.

Athletic, but raw seems to be the consensus on Taylor, who’s averaging 14.8 points and 5.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game this season. ESPN ranks him as the No. 39 prospect in the draft, and Draft Express has him 18th.

Jerebko said he hopes the NBA avoids a lockout, and he listed getting Taylor into the NBA as a reason. But according to ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla’s Dec. 22 update on Taylor, that might not be relevant:

Here is Taylor’s issue right now: He gets most of his points in transition, off offensive rebounds or from cuts to the basket. Unfortunately, at his size in the NBA he will be asked to be a full-time perimeter player and his ball skills and outside shooting do not yet measure up. While he is currently shooting 38 percent from the college 3-point line in a 29-shot sample this season, he is a career 26 percent shooter from behind the arc. His turnover rate is 23.0 percent and his career assist-to-turnover ratio is below 1:1.

Taylor has more room to improve and my suggestion would be to stay in school another season and have an All-America-type of senior year, because he’s not ready.

I know Patrick plans to re-start his famous Detroit Pistons Draft Dreams series soon, and I look forward to reading more about Taylor then.

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