Texas A&M guard Wade Taylor IV named preseason first-team All-SEC and Player of the Year

One of Texas A&M basketball’s rising stars is getting high praise ahead of the 2023-24 season.

Wade Taylor IV was named to both preseason first-team All-SEC and Player of the Year by Jon Rothstein of College Hoops Today. The junior guard is coming off a breakout 2022-23 campaign in which he led the Aggies in scoring (16.8 ppg), assists (3.9 apg), and steals (1.7 spg) in roughly 28.7 minutes per game. Taylor also earned AP first-team All-SEC honors for his accomplishments on the hardwood last season.

Taylor’s ascendance in the backcourt was a major factor in the Aggies turning their season around last fall. After a demoralizing loss to Wofford dropped the Maroon and White to 6-5 on the season, Texas A&M went 17-3 in their remaining 20 regular season games to finish the year 23-8.

The Aggies would go on to reach a second consecutive SEC title game while also returning to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2018, ending their postseason run with a 25-10 record.

This latest accolade is further evidence of Taylor getting the preseason respect he deserves. Coupled with the return of Tyrece “Boots” Radford for a super-senior season, the Aggies have a case to be made for boasting one of the country’s best backcourts, and Taylor’s ascension is by all counts a major factor in the heightened expectations for the Aggies this year. As head coach Buzz Williams recently advocated, it’s time to win the whole thing this season.

The Aggies will kick off their 2023-24 campaign against Texas A&M-Commerce on Monday, Nov. 6, from Reed Arena.

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