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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.

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."