Jacquil Taylor’s been absent from the court since breaking every bone is his left foot back in January. It’s not been the best timing for Taylor’s recruitment, as this is the time of year when rising seniors often boost their profiles.
But the 6-foot-9 power forward from Beaver Country Day School is Chestnut Hill, Mass., continues to hear from a handful of schools.
“A few schools have been calling me, but not as much as before because I haven’t been playing. But there are a few offers still there and the interest is there, too,” he said.
Taylor, who lists offers from Maryland, Providence, VCU and North Carolina A&T, plans to get back on the court in mid-June. Maryland is likely to be one of the schools paying attention upon his return.
“I haven’t really spoken to them recently, but they came to one of my practices last season and I’ve talked to the head coach, coach [Mark] Turgeon,” Taylor said. “He said I would fit well in his program, that it fits my style of play.
“What I like about their program is they don’t quit, they play up-tempo and they play inside-out.”
Turgeon’s in search of an athletic big man who can protect the rim, which fits Taylor’s skill set.
“I block shots and I’m also able to change a lot of shots,” said Taylor, who averaged roughly 15 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks last season before his injury.
Taylor knows what he’s looking for in a school and admitted that two in particular have his attention at the moment.
“An up-tempo team that gets up and down, a great place where I feel I can fit in and a great coach that’s serious about winning. And also can help me reach my dream of playing in the NBA,” he said. “I’m going to take visits sometime in the fall. I don’t know when I’m going to commit but right now I really like VCU and Florida, if [the Gators] offer. Right now, those are my two schools I would like to go to.”Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun