After beginning this summer AAU season without an offer, Houston (Tex.) The Village School point guard Isaiah Taylor now has a host to choose from, including one from Penn State.
Taylor will schedule his official visits soon.
Despite not making the Peach Jam finals last month, the 6-foot-3, 175-pound guard considered the summer campaign a success. Running with Texas Pro on a few Nike EYBL stops, Taylor averaged over seven points and five assists a game, sporting over a 5:1 assist to turnover rate.
“I’m quick, so I like to get to the rack and attack the basket,” Taylor explained. “I keep the defense on their heels and try to get my teammates involved, I’d say I’m more of a slashing point guard.
“Most of my points come at the bucket, whether it is on the break, some pick and roll halfcourt offense, or just beating my man off the dribble.”
Over the past year, Taylor has really started to hit his stride - quite literally - getting up and down the court more quickly.
“I’ve become a lot better at pushing the ball up court, using my speed to my advantage, and my jump shot,” said Taylor of his own game. “I can shoot the ball, but I don’t take a lot of jump shots - I don’t know why (laughs) - but I’d like to start taking more jump shots, especially because driving to the bucket takes a toll on the body.”
Despite losing the No. 44 player in the 2012 class in Shaquille Cleare to graduation, Taylor thinks the future looks bright for The Village School this upcoming season.
“It is looking pretty good, we lost one of our best players so we’re going to have to fill in that piece and play a faster paced game, but I definitely think we can get the job done.”
Penn State has been in contact with Taylor since his high school season, more specifically assistant coach Eugene Burroughs.
“I haven’t talked to Penn State much recently, but Coach Burroughs was saying he’s looking for a 2013 point guard because Tim Frazier is graduating, and he actually compared me to him,” he said. “He said we’re both fast, both athletic, and I can do some of the things he’s doing now.”
Nebraska, SMU, George Mason and Penn State, among others, have all offered the senior guard, who is still open to the recruiting process - but not for long.
“Next week my parents and coaches will decide on which official visits I’ll be taking, Nebraska will probably get a visit, SMU too, but the other three visits are up in the air right now.
“I’m wide open right now, I’m just trying to find the best fit for me going forward.”