Taurean Prince

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Taurean Prince
Taurean Prince (33599620765).jpg
Prince in 2017
No. 12 – Atlanta Hawks
PositionSmall forward
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1994-03-22) March 22, 1994 (age 25)
San Marcos, Texas
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High schoolEarl Warren (San Antonio, Texas)
CollegeBaylor (2012–2016)
NBA draft2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall
Selected by the Utah Jazz
Playing career2016–present
Career history
2016–presentAtlanta Hawks
2016–2017Long Island Nets
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-Big 12 (2016)
  • Second-team All-Big 12 (2015)
  • Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year (2015)
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Taurean Waller-Prince (born March 22, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Baylor Bears.

High school career[edit]

Prince played three seasons of high school basketball under head coach Jim Weaver at Earl Warren High School in San Antonio, Texas. As a senior, he led the team to the state semifinals. He originally chose to play college basketball with the LIU-Brooklyn Blackbirds, but switched to Baylor due to a coaching change within the former program.[1]

College career[edit]

Prince played 24 games off the bench in his freshman season. He finished the year averaging 3.7 points and 2.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. In the spring prior to his sophomore season, Prince was on the Big 12 Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll. After averaging 6.2 points and 2.8 rebounds in 14.2 minutes per game and appearing in all 38 of Baylor's games, he won the Big 12 Sixth Man Award and earned all-conference honors.[1] Entering his fourth season, Fran Fraschilla labeled him as a strong candidate for Big 12 Player of the Year in 2015–16.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Atlanta Hawks (2016–present)[edit]

On June 23, 2016, Prince was selected by the Utah Jazz with the 12th overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft. His rights were later traded to the Atlanta Hawks on July 7 in a three-team deal also involving the Indiana Pacers.[3] On July 15, 2016, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Hawks.[4] On March 11, 2017, he had a then season-best 17 points in a 107–90 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.[5] On April 6, 2017, he scored a career-high 20 points in a 123–116 win over the Boston Celtics.[6] With 11 points in Game 4 of the Hawks' first-round playoff series against the Washington Wizards, Prince became the first Hawks rookie to reach double-figures in his first four playoff games since Pete Maravich did it in five straight in 1971.[7] During his rookie season, Prince had multiple assignments with the Long Island Nets of the NBA Development League, pursuant to the flexible assignment rule.[8]

On December 12, 2017, Prince scored a career-high 24 points in a 123–114 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.[9] Three days later, he made a career-high five 3-pointers and had 17 points in a 96–94 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.[10] On December 29, 2017, he had a career-high 30 points and 10 rebounds in a 111–98 loss to the Toronto Raptors. Prince matched a career high with five 3-pointers and extended his career-high streak of games with at least one 3-pointer to 17.[11] On February 2, 2018, he set a new career high with 31 points in a 119–110 loss to the Boston Celtics.[12] On March 11, 2018, he set a new career high with 38 points in a 129–122 loss to the Chicago Bulls.[13] Six days later, he had another 38-point effort in a 122–117 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.[14] On April 8, 2018, he made seven of eight 3-pointers to score 33 points in a 112–106 win over the Celtics.[15]

On October 19, 2018, in just the second game of the season, Prince scored a season-high 28 points against the Grizzlies.[16] On January 13, 2019, against the Bucks, Prince returned to action after missing 18 games with a left ankle sprain.[17]

National team career[edit]

In the summer of 2015, following his junior season, Prince helped the United States men's national basketball team win the bronze medal at the 2015 Pan American Games. He was on a team led by Bobby Brown and Anthony Randolph.[2]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2016–17 Atlanta 59 10 16.6 .400 .324 .787 2.7 .9 .7 .5 5.7
2017–18 Atlanta 82 82 30.0 .426 .385 .844 4.7 2.6 1.0 .5 14.1
2018–19 Atlanta 55 47 28.2 .441 .390 .819 3.6 2.1 1.0 .3 13.5
Career 196 139 25.5 .427 .380 .823 3.8 2.0 .9 .4 11.4

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017 Atlanta 6 6 31.2 .558 .286 1.000 5.3 1.3 .3 .2 11.2
Career 6 6 31.2 .558 .286 1.000 5.3 1.3 .3 .2 11.2

College[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2012–13 Baylor 24 0 6.4 .583 .333 .727 2.2 .1 .4 .1 3.7
2013–14 Baylor 38 2 14.3 .465 .366 .709 2.8 .6 .5 .2 6.2
2014–15 Baylor 33 6 26.3 .472 .395 .644 5.6 1.3 1.5 .9 13.9
2015–16 Baylor 34 34 30.6 .432 .361 .774 6.1 2.3 1.3 .7 15.9
Career 129 42 20.2 .460 .376 .718 4.2 1.1 .9 .5 10.2

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Taurean Prince bio". BaylorBears.com. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Hodge, Ashley (July 5, 2015). "Taurean Waller-Prince helps lead USA to bronze medal at PanAm". 247Sports.com. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
  3. ^ "Hawks Acquire Draft Rights To Taurean Prince". NBA.com. July 5, 2016. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  4. ^ "Hawks Sign First Round Picks Taurean Prince & DeAndre' Bembry". NBA.com. July 15, 2016. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  5. ^ "Prince scores 17 as Hawks rout Grizzlies 107-90". ESPN.com. March 11, 2017. Retrieved March 12, 2017.
  6. ^ "Millsap, Hardaway boost Hawks past Celtics". ESPN.com. April 6, 2017. Retrieved April 6, 2017.
  7. ^ "Balanced Hawks hold off Wizards 111-101, even series 2-all". ESPN.com. April 24, 2017. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  8. ^ "2016-17 NBA Assignments". NBA.com. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  9. ^ "James scores 25 has 17 assists, as Cavs beat Hawks 123-114". ESPN.com. December 12, 2017. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  10. ^ "Evans scores 22 to lead Grizzlies over Hawks, 96-94". ESPN.com. December 15, 2017. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  11. ^ "DeRozan scores 25 as Raptors beat Hawks 111-98". ESPN.com. December 29, 2017. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  12. ^ "Super sub: Rozier powers Celtics past Hawks, 119-110". ESPN.com. February 2, 2018. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  13. ^ "LaVine, Portis lead Bulls past short-handed Hawks, 129-122". ESPN.com. March 11, 2018. Retrieved March 11, 2018.
  14. ^ "Giannis' double-double helps Bucks hold on to beat Hawks". ESPN.com. March 17, 2018. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  15. ^ "Prince scores 33, Hawks beat resting Celtics, win 112-106". ESPN.com. April 8, 2018. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  16. ^ "Taurean Waller-Prince 2018-19 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  17. ^ "Antetokounmpo leads the way, Bucks win Budenholzer's return". ESPN.com. January 13, 2019. Retrieved January 13, 2019.

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