Could Beaver Country Day's Jacquil Taylor be the next Boston-area big man to break out?
ESPN basketball recruiting analyst and Northeast guru Adam Finkelstein thinks so. Today on ESPN's national recruiting blog, Finkelstein checks in with the big man, who stood out at the Elite 75 showcase, Siena College Elite Camp, and Hoop Mountain Super Week I, in succession.
The 6-foot-9 Taylor was an ESPN Boston All-State selection in 2011 as a sophomore at Cambridge, before transferring to the Beaver campus in Chestnut Hill and re-classifying to the Class of 2014.
You can read the entire entry HERE. Below is an excerpt:
Taylor stood out as one of the top players in the field, leading his team to the camp championship and claiming most outstanding player honors for the week. He also earned the award as the camp’s best shot-blocker.
While Taylor holds scholarship offers from Boston University and Siena, the left-handed big man has qualities that are sure to intrigue high-level college coaches -- such as his long and athletic 6-foot-8 frame, a floor game that is as mobile as it is bouncy, an instinct for blocking shots and an evolving offensive skill set.
He also reports interest from the likes of Stanford, Michigan, Washington and Boston College, but he’s yet to land his first high-major offer. One of the reasons why Taylor is still flying just a bit under the radar is that he has spurned some of New England's most notable AAU programs in favor of teaming up with his brother, Maurice Taylor Jr., to play for his father on the Prodigy Basketball Club.