Taz Sherman Making A Quick Adjustment To WVU Basketball
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – From Texas to West Virginia to Spain and then back to West Virginia again.
When it’s all over, it will have been a very busy month for new Mountaineer guard Taz Sherman. He just arrived in Morgantown in mid-July and immediately began preparing for the basketball team’s 10-day, three-game foreign tour in Spain, which runs from Aug. 3-13.
The 6-foot-4, 175-pound Houston native hasn’t been with his new team long, but he certainly like swhat he’s seen so far.
“It feels like I’ve been here for years already, and I’ve only been here three weeks,” noted Sherman, who averaged 25.9 points per game this past season as a sophomore at Collin (Texas) College. “It’s a tight-knit group; I can tell that already. It’s going to be a fun season.”
A big scorer both in the junior college ranks as well as at Thurgood Marshall High School in Missouri City, Texas, Sherman admits he’s not a finished product yet.
“I have to adjust some myself,” he stated. “I was ‘The Guy’ in juco; I was a leader. Now when I come here, I can still lead, but I have to be willing to learn, too.
“I’m still adjusting to the speed of the game and the new terminology. I’m switching my style from juco to the Big 12, which is a little different. I normally make quick adjustments, so I’ll be fine.”
Offensively Sherman can score from inside and out, having made 35 percent of his three-point attempts last year and 49 percent of his field goal tries overall.
But a Bob Huggins-coached player is also going to have to be strong on the other end of the court if he wants to get on the floor.
“Some of (Huggins’) defensive teaching are a little different,” Sherman noted. “He wants a lot of on-ball pressure, a lot of getting into your opponent who has the ball. I have to adapt to that style, but it’s something I like. It’s fast, up and down. It’s something I can get in to.”