Posts Tagged ‘Stevie Taylor’

Last week Friarblog ran a story on potential recruit Stevie Taylor.  Coach Keno Davis took a visit out to Ohio to see Stevie practice.  We had heard about Stevie Taylor a while back, but there didn’t seem to be to much information.  In light of Coach Keno Davis’ trip we figured we should follow up.  We spoke to someone in the Taylor family regarding the visit who confirmed that Coach Keno Davis and Assistant Chris Davis flew to Columbus and watched one of Stevie’s practices.  Keno said that Stevie had a good practice and that they would be in contact with him.  Prior to this vist Stevie took a visit up to Providence.  This is was the impression:

Both Stevie and I enjoyed our visit to Providence and left very impressed with the school and
the city.

Stevie is ranked in the top 100-150 by several scouting services (Hoop Scoop and Rivals) and has an excellent skill set, speed, quickness, and basketball IQ, but at the moment that seems to be secondary to the concerns about his size.  Stevie is no taller than 5’9″ at this point which is clearly small for a BIG EAST point guard.  Initially Stevie was not holding out for high major interest when PC approached him, and was and still is excited about his mid-major oppurtunities.  Stevie’s family member; however, is confident that his size would not prevent him from playing in the BIG EAST, pointing out the success of PC’s own Sharaud Curry. 

Stevie is also being recruited by Miami Ohio, Ohio University, Akron, and recently Northwestern has begun to show interest.  According to Stevie’s family member, PC is in his top 2-3 schools but for now he is keeping his options open.  Stevie Taylor is looking to give a verbal before the AAU season starts up in the early spring. 

While many smaller guards are able to thrive in college basketball, including PC’s own Sharaud Curry, there is the thought that PC may be looking for someone with a bit more size, and a little higher up on the recruiting board in Shabazz Napier and or Naadir Tharpe.  While neither one is over 6’0,” Napier is in the ESPN Super 60 and Tharpe is the #24 ranked point guard in his class.  They are both explosive players from Massachusettes, who are being sought after by the likes of Villanova, Boston College, Arizona, Purdue, and Indinana just to name a few.  Some stiff competition.

Don’t get us wrong though, from all accounts Stevie Taylor can play.  ESPN gave him an 88 for his scout grade and he has a nice floater and great handle.  He seems like the under the radar type player that PC has gone to so many times in the past.  Keno seems to have been going away from that somewhat and has been targeting higher recruits.  Either way we are sure Stevie Taylor will have a close eye kept on him, becuase there is chance that PC will lose on both Napier and Tharpe.  And at the time the 2011 class will be on campus VC and Johnny Lacy will be in their junior years and a new point guard will need to be developed.  we will follow Stevie Taylor very closely and let you know if we hear anything else.  In the meantime we wish Stevie good luck in his season and good luck in his college selection process.