Taurean Prince Bio: Relationship, Family, And Arrest

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From rags to riches! The phrase is no different to American basketball player Taurean Prince who went from being homeless to a notable NBA figure.

Currently, he plays small forward for Minnesota Timberwovles (2021- now).

A 12th overall pick of the Utah Jazz in the 2016 NBA Draft, Prince was immediately traded to Atlanta Hawks, where he made his NBA debut.

Afterward, the NBA star played hoops with Brooklyn Nets & Cleveland Cavaliers before the Minnesota Timberwolves signed him on a two-year extension until the 2023-24 season.

Though he is struggling to make it into the starting lineup for the Timberwolves.

Taurean Prince For Minnesota Timberwolves
Taurean Prince For Minnesota Timberwolves (Source: Instagram)

As much as Tauren tries to deliver his best on the court, his thoughts for the community are the same.

The former Nets player is active in several charity causes, including pediatric cancer & child welfare.

But it doesn’t mean that Prince is immune to legal problems, though. In late summer 2022, he was arrested on the charges of gun & drug possession but got clearance later.

This article will cover everything about Taurean Prince.

Quick Facts

Full Name Taurean Waller-Prince
Known As Taurean Prince
Birthplace San Marcos, Texas
Date of Birth March 22, 1994
Age       30 Years Old
Father’s Name Anthony Prince
Mother’s Name Tamiyko Prince
Sibling Catina Prince, Derrick Prince (half-brother)
Nationality American
Zodiac Sign Aries
Marital Status Engaged
Girlfriend Hanah Usman
Childrens 3 (Ameera Prince, A’Mari Prince, Ahsan)
Height 6 feet 7 inches/2.01 m/201 cm
Weight 218 lbs/98 kg
Profession Professional Basketball Player
Education
  • High School: Earl Warren
  • College: Baylor (2012-2016)
NBA Draft Utah Jazz: 2016/ Round:1/ Pick 12th Overall                    
Team
  • Atlanta Hawks (2016- 19)
  • Brooklyn Nets (2019-21)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers (2021)
  • Minnesota Timberwolves (2021- now)
Awards and Achievements
  • First-team All-Big 12 (2016)
  • Second-team All-Big 12 (2015)
  • Big 12 Sixth Man Award (2015)
Playing Career 2016-present
Position Power Forward/ Small Forward
Jersey Number 12
Average Annual Salary $7.27 Million
Net Worth $5-10 Million
Social Media Twitter, Instagram
Merch Signed Card, Signed Photo
Last Update June 2024

Early Life | Parents’ Divorce & Homelessness

Taurean Waller-Prince was born March 22, 1994, in San Marcos, Texas, to Anthony Prince and Tamiyko Prince, an aging and disability officer.

However, his parents divorced when he was young- his father had been in & out of jail then.

As a result, Waller-Prince & his younger sister Catina went to live with their mother, Tamiyko, in a two-bedroom apartment in San Antonio.

Currently, Catina is a cosmetologist & is married to her boyfriend-turned-husband, who goes by the IG handle @idekjamal.

Childhood Pic Of Taurean Prince
Childhood Pic Of Taurean Prince (Source: The Players’ Tribune)

Despite the separation, Taurean was never away from adoration for his father. So in 2006, while in middle school, he moved out from his mother’s place & went to live with his dad.

Reportedly, the future NBA star & his dad lived with their paternal grandmother.

But after Prince’s grandma died of cancer, the father-son duo became homeless & spent months sleeping at the Salvation Army in San Angelo, but ‘never told his mom about that.’

And when his dad Anthony was caught writing bad checks, he turned himself in while Taurean was taken in by his best friend Bowdy Thompson’s mother, Candina.

Later, Taurean Prince would return to his mother.

A Half-Brother From Mother’s Side

The Timberwolves player has a half-brother named Derrick Prince from his mother Tamiyko’s relationship with her longtime boyfriend following her divorce from Anthony.

As reported, Taurean’s mom’s boyfriend was fatally shot & died when Derrick (his half-brother) was still unborn.

From his father’s side, the basketball star has a step-mother named Cayonna Morgan & a sister named Isis Johnson.

High School & College Career

In 2008, Prince moved back to San Antonio to live with his mother and enrolled in Earl Warren High School.

But Prince didn’t start playing high school basketball until his sophomore year.

As reported, John Collins, the San Antonio Legends coach, saw him playing & tried to dig out his potential. Taurean would excel in basketball & led his school to the state semi-finals.

Prince committed to play collegiate basketball for the LIU- Brooklyn Blackbirds, but he later switched to Baylor after the LIU coach left for Duquesne.

In his sophomore year at Baylor, Taurean played in the championship of the Big 12 Tournament but lost to Iowa State.

While at Baylor for four years (2012- 16), he averaged 10.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.1 assists & 0.9 steals per game.

Taurean Prince’s NBA Career

The Utah Jazz selected Prince as the 12th overall choice in the 2016 NBA Draft on June 23, 2016.

Later, on July 7, 2016, he was traded to the Atlanta Hawks in a three-team deal that included the Indiana Pacers; it acquired George Hill to the Jazz.

Taurean Prince signed his rookie contract with the Hawks on July 15, 2016.

He made his NBA debut on October 27, 2016, with a 114-99 win against the Wizards from the bench.

With the Hawks, he made his first-ever playoffs appearance in the 2017 NBA Playoffs (of the 2016-17 season) but lost to Washington Wizards in the first-round.

Taurean Prince Playing For Cleveland Cavaliers
Taurean Prince Playing For Cleveland Cavaliers (Source: Instagram)

On July 6, 2019, Brooklyn Nets traded him with a 2021 2nd-round pick (Marcus Zegarowski) for Allen Crabbe and Nickeil Alexander-Walker.

He was traded to Cleveland Cavaliers on January 14, 2021, as a part of a four-team trade. (Cleveland, Indiana, Houston, Brooklyn).

But ahead of the 2022 season, on Aug 2, 2021, he was again traded to Minnesota with the 2022 2nd-round pick rights (Bryce McGowens) and cash considerations for Ricky Rubio.

Is Prince Married Or Dating?

The American basketball player enjoys the fatherhood of three with his longtime girlfriend, Hanah Usman.

She is a fitness enthusiast and YouTuber who previously used to post lifestyle videos on Youtube.

As reported, Taurean & Hanah are exactly one year & nine months apart in age; Hanah Usman was born on December 25, 1995.

On May 16, 2022, the NBA player proposed to Hanah with a diamond ring in a classic one-knee down pose.

Hanah Usman confirmed the news of their engagement via Instagram, featuring the proposal moment.

Taurean Prince With Hanah Usman
Taurean Prince With Hanah Usman (Source: Instagram)

Some sources claim that the couple is already married for a long time- well, the deep affection between them is not less than a husband-wife duo.

Father Of Three Kids

Together, they are parents to three children (two sons & a daughter).

The pair welcomed their first-born daughter Ameera Prince on June 20, 2017, & two years later, they welcomed their son A’Mari Prince on March 4, 2019.

Their third child, son Ahsan, was born on July 3, 2022.

Taurean Prince's Three Children
Taurean Prince’s Three Children (Source: Instagram)

They both often post pictures of themselves and their kids on social media.

Arrest & Drop Of The Charges

Taurean Prince was arrested on August 25, 2022, at Miami International Airport for an out-of-state fugitive warrant from a traffic pullover incident in May 2022.

Police pulled Prince over for a traffic stop initially due to an expired registration, but during the search, they discovered two firearms, a THC vape pen, and a marijuana canister.

According to Arlington Police, it took three months for the vape pen’s test results, which delayed the warrant procedure.

However, on November 2022, the charges against Taurean Prince were dropped.

Prince’s attorney, Kent Schaffer, stated, “The charges were dropped because the search was clearly illegal. On top of that, carrying a gun is legal in Texas, if not encouraged, and the amount of marijuana alleged to be in the vehicle was probably less than a usable quantity.”

Net Worth & Salary

As of June 2024, the former Hawks player has an estimated net worth between $5 million and $10 million. 

Aside from regular NBA salaries, he earns from brand endorsement with NovaMen. On November 21, 2022, he shared a picture of himself promoting the brand on his social media.

Contracts

Taurean Prince signed a four-year $10.75 million rookie contract with the Atlanta Hawks on July 15, 2016.

Atlanta exercised a $2.53 million option for both the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.

After being traded to Brooklyn in 2019, he signed a two-year, $25.25 million rookie contract extension with them. 

Prince was traded to Cleveland in January 2021 and then traded to Timberwolves in August 2021.

He signed a two-year, $14.56 million contract deal with the Timberwolves in June 2022.

Prince will earn $7.2 million this season and $7.4 million in a non-guaranteed deal for the next season.

Charitable Works

Throughout his NBA career, Taurean Prince has been actively committed to charitable work. 

On June 9, 2018, he hosted Taurean Prince Basketball Camp, where more than 75 children practiced defensive basketball moves and agility at a one-day clinic at Lincoln Middle School.

Taurean Prince Coaching Kid at Lincoln Middle School
Taurean Prince Coaching Kid at Lincoln Middle School (Source: GoSanAngelo)

The camp aimed to provide young basketball players with an opportunity to learn from Prince and also raise money for the fight against childhood cancer.

On October 26, 2018, Prince visited the survivors, patients, nurses, and Emory Winship Cancer Institute staff to brighten their day.

He is also the brand ambassador for National Kids Hoops Association, a non-profit that helps the student-athletes.

In remembrance of the crucial role the Salvation Army social service center played in his youth, Prince gave locals whatever they needed in June 2022, from food and water to necessities like hygiene products.

Prince teamed up with the Sydney Paige foundation on August 2022 to help the kids by providing backpacks and school supplies.

Overall, Taurean Prince has shown a tremendous commitment to using his position as an NBA player to impact society positively.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

Is Taurean Prince related to Tayshaun Prince?

No, they are not related to each other.

Which teams has Taurean Prince played for?

Prince has played for Atlanta Hawks (2016-19), Brooklyn Nets (2019-21), and Cleveland Cavaliers (2021). Currently, he is playing for Minnesota Timberwolves.

How much does Taurean Prince make?

Prince is the sixth best-paid player of the Minnesota Timberwolves of 2022-23 season, earning a base salary of $7.1 million.

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