ZagsBlog: Providence Offers Mike Taylor

Friar BlogContributor IJanuary 26, 2009

St. Ben’s Still Undefeated; Friars Offer Taylor

Providence assistant Pat Skerry was at NYU this past weekend for the SNY Invitational and came away sufficiently impressed with Brooklyn Boys & Girls sophomore guard Mike Taylor.

Providence then became the latest school to offer the 6-foot-3 Taylor a scholarship. He also holds offers from Rutgers and St. John’s, and Pitt is interested.

Taylor hit a buzzer-beating, game-winning 3-pointer Saturday night to give Boys & Girls a 58-55 victory over Brooklyn rival Thomas Jefferson in the consolation game of the SNY Invitational.

“Mike Taylor can really shoot the ball,” said recruiting expert Tom Konchalski. “He’s a terrific 3-point shooter.”

Here is SNY’s video of Taylor’s game-winning 3-pointer:


Mike Taylor’s Scout Profile

Mike Taylor’s ESPN Profile

December, 2008: A superb scoring, combo guard that has the always attacking mentality that big time New York guards have. He can score in a variety of ways.

Michael is a great 3 point shooter that has a extremely quick release and has great elevation on his jumper that allows him to get a shot off even with a hand in his face. He shoots it off the dribble or coming off screens. He is a shooter that you can run sets for.

Michael is a pressure defender that is tough and plays very hard. He gets into you all 84” and has active hands on the defensive end.

In the break, Taylor will shoot the three with range or blow by his defender and hit a pull up or finish high at the rim. He is a tough shot taker but he makes them.

He is able to hit some of the most difficult shots in the game on a regular basis. Taylor scored over 20 in two of his three games at the Beach Ball Classic with his best performance being a 21 point, 6 rebound, 6 assist, 3 steal effort in a win over JL Mann (SC). He was one of the better guards in the event.

Scouts Grade: 92