Zaire Taylor
Zaire Taylor

RS Senior

Staten Island, N.Y.

High School:
Charis Prep (N.C.)

Last College:

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 189



Honors and Awards:
2009 Big 12 All-Rookie Team
2009 Big 12 Championship All-Tournament Team
Big 12 Newcomer of the Week, Feb. 9, 2009

One half of Missouri's returning backcourt tandem and joins fellow senior J.T. Tiller in forming one of America's best defensive tandems ... Long, lanky defender that should battle for All-Defensive honors along with Tiller ... Brings a crafty offensive repertoire to the Tigers, but still makes great decisions as evidenced by his No. 5 nationally ranking with a 3-to-1 assist/turnover ratio.

At Missouri:
2008-09 Season:
Named to the Big 12's All-Rookie Team and the Big 12 Championship's All-Tournament Team ... Started 37-of-38 games, with his only non-start coming on Senior Night in the home finale ... Simply known as "Mr. Clutch", for his game-winning hoops against #16 Texas and #16 Kansas ... Hit the game-winning "and-1" at Texas with 5.5 seconds remaining and the game tied at 65-65 ... Was named the Big 12 Conference's Rookie of the Week for his efforts ... Broke a 60-60 tie vs. Kansas with 1.5 seconds left as his floater rimmed home from 12 feet to hand Missouri the come-from-behind victory ... Led the Big 12 and ranked #5 nationally with a 3.0-to-1 assist/turnover ratio ... Finished third on the team and #12 in school history with 55 steals ... Also #11 all-time at Mizzou with 128 assists, which ranked among the Big 12's Top 10 ... Averaged 6.7 points and 3.0 rebounds to serve as one of the Big 12's most versatile guards in his rookie campaign ... Stepped up his offensive game in postseason action, averaging 10.0 points and 3.6 assists in seven games, including a season high 19 tallies against Oklahoma State in the Big 12 Championship semifinals ... Also tallied 17 points in road wins at Georgia and at #16 Texas, before scoring 14 vs. Memphis in the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 ... Reached double figures in five of his final nine games of the year ... Dished multiple assists in 30-of-38 games and set a career high with six steals in the win at Colorado ... Will be Missouri's top returner with regards to minutes played as his 1,002 minutes ranked second to departed senior DeMarre Carroll.

2007-08 Season:
Sat out the 2007-08 campaign after transferring to Mizzou from the University of Delaware ... Will have two seasons in a Tiger uniform and will be classified as a redshirt junior.

At Delaware:
2006-07 Season:
Played in 14 games for the Blue Hens, making 14 starts and averaging 10.3 points and 4.9 rebounds ... Shot 45.9 percent from the floor (51-of-111) and 38.1 percent from beyond the arc (16-of-42) ... Ranked among team leaders with 1.6 assists and 1.7 steals per contest ... Scored a career high 30 points against Loyola (Md.) on Nov. 29, hitting 11-of-18 field goals, while contributing seven boards, two assists and four steals ... The 30-point outburst started a run of five-consecutive double-figure scoring games ... Turned in an outstanding defensive effort against NCAA Tournament Cinderella story Virginia Commonwealth on Dec. 20, holding VCU leader and Team USA member (Pan American Games) Eric Maynor to just seven points on 1-of-5 shooting ... Finished his UD career with averages of 7.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.1 steals in 44 career games while making 29 career starts.

2005-06 Season:
Played in 30 games as a freshman, making 25 starts, while averaging 29.7 minutes per game at the point ... Led the Colonial Athletics Association in steals with 2.3 per game and ranked among league leaders in assists (3.7) and three-point shooting percentage (40.3) ... Earned CAA All-Rookie Team accolades, averaging 6.8 points and 3.2 rebounds in addition to his solid superlative numbers ... Named the Colonial Athletics Association Rookie of the Week on Jan. 2, 2006 ... Reached double figures in scoring six times, including a season-high 22 tallies on 8-of-8 shooting in his collegiate debut against The Citadel on Nov. 18, 2005 ... Those 22 tallies were the most ever by a Delaware freshman in his first collegiate game ... Also dished five or more assists in nine games, including a career high eight dimes vs. UNC Greensboro on Nov. 19, 2005 ... Delaware finished his freshman season 9-21 under Head Coach David Henderson.

High School:
Started his high school career at Curtis High School in Staten Island, N.Y., earning All-Borough First Team honors from the New York Daily News' as a senior ... Was named a Staten Island Advance All-State Team member ... Is the first New York native to sign with Missouri since Derrick Chievous in 1984-85 ... Finished his career at Charis Prep in Goldsboro, N.C., playing for head coach Carlos Peralta ... Averaged 13.0 points, 5.0 assists and 2.8 steals per game at Charis ... Led the Crimson Tide to a 29-7 overall record in 2004-05 and a Top 15 national prep school ranking by Scout.com.

Son of Vicky Taylor and Gyasi Bey ... Majoring in business at Missouri ... Full name is Zaire Jamal Taylor ... Born Aug. 30, 1986.

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