Texas A&M Basketball: Radford & Taylor Earn National, Conference Honors

The dynamic pair of guards for Texas A&M basketball have earned some recognition for their stellar play of late.

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Texas A&M Basketball Guards Taylor, Radford Earn Honors at National and Conference Levels

The past week for Texas A&M basketball saw the Aggies notch their biggest wins of the season in back to back games, with the guard duo of Wade Taylor IV and Tyrece Radford putting up big numbers in each contest. In fact, their performance against Tennessee placed them in some rare company, as I wrote about yesterday.

It appears that the outstanding play of both Radford and Taylor has merited them some considerable distinctions, as each took home a highly-coveted award this week. Radford was named the SEC Player of the Week and the Lute Olson National Player of the Week, his first time winning each award. Taylor IV was named the James Naismith Trophy National Player of the Week.

It’s remarkable that two players at the same position for the Ags played well enough to garner these distinctions. At the same time, though, given the way both Taylor and Radford lifted the team to a 2-0 week, the honors are completely deserved.

If these two can continue this level of execution down the stretch of the season, into the conference tournament, and possibly into the NCAA tournament, you can see how well things set up for a deep run for the Aggies. High level guard play can help dictate who advances, and with how hot those two guys have gotten, they can guide this team to several wins in the Big Dance if given the opportunity.

The team they have around them helps as well. Guys like Andersson Garcia and Solomon Washington provide high-level rebounding and defense respectively, and the DNA of this squad is tough-nosed, hard-charging play. Keeping that identity, along with these two great scorers and creators, is a winning formula in college basketball.

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