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Tyshawn Taylor leads Kansas into Final Four

Published: Friday, March 30 2012 3:35 p.m. MDT

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor celebrates as he goes up on the ladder to cut the net after Kansas defeated North Carolina 80-67 in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Midwest Regional final Sunday, March 25, 2012, in St. Louis.  (Charlie Riedel, Associated Press) Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor celebrates as he goes up on the ladder to cut the net after Kansas defeated North Carolina 80-67 in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Midwest Regional final Sunday, March 25, 2012, in St. Louis. (Charlie Riedel, Associated Press)

NEW ORLEANS — Tyshawn Taylor's bumpy road has led him to the Final Four.

The senior guard for Kansas grew up in a single-family home in New Jersey and served as the father figure to his two younger sisters. He credits two people — his mother, Jeanell, and his high school coach, Bob Hurley — for being the positive influences in his life. They were the ones who steered him through a difficult childhood to Kansas, where he's blossomed into a star with NBA potential.

Now, he's one game away from playing for a national championship. The Jayhawks face Ohio State in the national semifinals Saturday night.

Says Hurley: "He's a great example of not making any excuses, don't complain, just keep working and good things can happen."

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