Good article on Tayshaun in the Detroit News
http://www.detnews.com/2005/pistons/0503/24/F04-127315.htmIf you plan to do a back-story on Tayshaun Prince's life as a Piston -- and why wouldn't you, given his brilliant play and emergence as a serious contender for the NBA's most-improved-player award? -- you have to start with Scott Perry.
Perry, the Pistons' director of player personnel, saw all of this long before anyone did outside of Compton, Calif., and Prince's immediate family.
Many scouts and coaches saw a shy, awkward, frail-looking kid. Perry saw a rare diversity of skill, someone with abnormal length and quickness for his size, with an even more rare competitiveness and affinity for the game.
He saw all of this when Prince was a freshman -- in high school.
"I was a college coach at the time," said Perry, then an assistant at Michigan. "Tayshaun was big on the AAU circuit, playing with Baron Davis on a very good AAU team.
"The first thing I noticed was his length. He was very thin but very long. He had to be about 6-5 or 6-6 at the time. And with us having Jalen Rose, who was so effective for us at Michigan, a guy like Tay really catches your eye."
Perry has championed Prince ever since. He tried to recruit him to U-M, but Kentucky won out. Then Perry took the head-coaching job at Eastern Kentucky and saw Prince destroy his team.