Posted On: 09/8/18 12:00 PM

With plenty of talent returning and even more coming through the system, it’s no wonder why we at Prep Hoops Iowa have Des Moines North ranked No. 2 in our Class 4A “Way Too Early Top 10.

Sophomore guard Diondre Taylor is one of those up-and-comers who’s not only one of the best young talents in the Polar Bears’ system, but one of the best in the Des Moines Metro.

A 5-foot-10 guard, Taylor has been lauded by his grassroots coach, Kingdom Hoops’ Tim Lubke, as being one of the best and most creative finishers he’s ever coached.

Taylor says it’s his ability to defend and distribute that makes him most dangerous.

“I think that sometimes I can be a great facilitator, but I think I’m great at getting to the rim and creating for others. Also, I’m good at guarding good guards and fast, quick guards,” said Taylor. “I think I need to improve on my footwork and decision-making.”

The sophomore guard spent his spring and summer playing with one of the state’s most talented grassroots teams, Kingdom Hoops Elite 15U.

“We had so many scorers, all I really had to do was play defense and get those guys the ball and create for others,” said Taylor. “I think I could have played better, but I’m happy with the way things turned out, we won a lot of games.”

As he heads into his sophomore season, Taylor will play behind guys like South Alabama commit Tyreke Locure, also senior guards Lino Malual and Gatdoar Bijielk.

“I just want to get on the floor and play defense with the varsity, because we have a lot of scorers,” said Taylor. “And they’ll want me to be a shooter.”