The Miami RedHawk coaching staff is beginning to show strong interest in 2011 PG Stevie Taylor (5’9”, 145 lbs) from Lincoln High School in Gahanna, Ohio (near Columbus). His father, Rob Taylor, Sr. recently updated RedHawk Insider on Miami increased interest in his son:
“Recently, according to coach (Tony) Stiab (Gahanna), Miami and Butler have begun showing a lot more interest and (attended) a workout (Tuesday, April 23, 2009) at the high school (along with several other coaches). In addition, Miami coaches came out to watch Stevie play in the high school sectional championship.”
Stevie Taylor told RedHawk Insider last January, “I know a lot about Miami. One of my friends (2009 signee Orlando Williams) is going to Miami and has good things to say about Miami. I am interested in getting to know the coaches and players better.” His older brother (Rob, Jr.) played with Williams on the Ohio Basketball Club (OBC) AAU team. Also, Williams’ father Orlando Williams, Sr. (former OBC head coach) and Taylor’s father (Rob, Sr.) are good friends.
Stevie Taylor still has holds offers from Akron, Ohio, and James Madison. Dayton, Xavier, Virginia Tech, St. Joseph’s, Clemson, Ohio State, and Florida Atlantic are the other schools showing the most interest.
Last January, Taylor previously provided has a long list of schools showing interest in him. That list included Miami-OH, Akron, Arizona, Ball State, Baylor, Bowling Green, Butler, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Clemson, Colorado, Dayton, Detroit, Duquesne, Eastern Kentucky, Elon, Evansville, Florida, Florida Atlantic, Georgetown, Howard, Illinois, James Madison, Kansas, Kentucky, LSU, Marshall, Marquette, Maryland, Memphis, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Ohio University, Oklahoma, Penn State, Richmond, St. Joseph’s, Stanford, Tennessee, UCLA, USC, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, West Virginia, William and Mary, Wisconsin, Wright State, and Xavier.
Rob Taylor, Sr., previously told RedHawk Insider that the high major schools were waiting to see how Stevie performs over the summer in camps and AAU ball before extending an offer. However, he said Stevie Taylor and his family want interest from the local Mid-American Conference schools. “We hoped he would get interest from all MAC schools.”
Rob Taylor, Sr. also said that Ball State has also starting showing growing interest and requested a school transcript recently.
Taylor is a super quick point guard. Taylor has the makings of star point guard in college. Taylor’s 5’11” wingspan is longer than his body. His vertical leap goes to 29 inches.
Previously, Taylor compared his style of play to NBA star Chris Paul. Taylor said, “I do a lot of the things he does and work on the things he does.” Taylor describes his game as follows: “I’m more of a speed and quick point guard. I use that to get by defenders.”
This past season, Stevie Taylor earned third team Ohio All-Central District (only sophomore), second team All-OOC (Ohio Capital Conference), and was All-Metro Honorable Mention. He finished with per game average of 17 points, 5 assists, and 3 steals.
Stevie has started the AAU season strong. A few weekends ago playing for OBC, he led his team to the semifinals at the prestigious Pittsburgh Jam Fest. He was OBC’s high scorer with 18 points in the semis and 20 points in the quarters.
Also last week in the Memorial Graziano Barila Tournament in Varese, Italy, Stevie helped Team Ohio to the tournaments Final Four. He led the team in scoring at 20ppg (including 35 in one game) and was the third leading scorer overall in the entire tournament. Last year, Stevie was named MVP of the same tourney.
In late May, Stevie will travel to Los Angeles to attend the Pangos All-American Camp.
Taylor has earned national recognition for his play over the years. Scout.com’s own Dave Telep ranks Taylor as one of the Top 50 players in the Class of 2011 (3 stars). Some scouting publications have Taylor as one of the Top 25 players nationally in the class. At the Clay Dade’s Fab Frosh All-American Camp, he was ranked the #1 point guard and #3 player overall. Taylor was featured in the November, 2006 issue of Slam Magazine as “Baby Baller of the Month.”