Nov. 9, 2011
Junior college guard T.J. Taylor has signed a National Letter of Intent with the Marquette University men's basketball program, head coach Buzz Williams announced Wednesday afternoon.
Taylor, a 6-3, 220-pounder, will arrive on campus this summer and have three years of eligibility with the Golden Eagles.
"We are thankful to finally be able to announce T.J.'s signing," Williams said. "Coach Benford and I have been recruiting him since we were both hired at MU. This is my 18th year in college coaching and T.J. is the first player I have ever signed from the county where I grew up. I knew his family prior to being employed here and I absolutely adore them. We all have built a great relationship, and have endured many turns in the road to get to this day."
The Denison, Texas, native signed with Oklahoma out of high school and spent the first semester of the 2010-11 campaign with the Sooners, but did not see any game action after missing time with a concussion. Taylor is currently in his first season at Paris Junior College in Texas.
A three-time Texas Association of Basketball Coaches all-state selection, Taylor concluded his career as the all-time scoring leader at Denison High School with 2,630 points. He was ranked No. 78 nationally by ESPN and No. 104 by Rivals.com.
Taylor averaged 20.7 points, 7.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists as a senior in 2009-10, helping the Yellow Jackets to a 16-win season. He was named the district's co-offensive player of the year and also claimed the same award as a sophomore and junior. As a junior, he averaged 27.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists per outing and led Denison to a 21-11 record and an appearance in the state tournament area final.
Taylor finished his four-year varsity career (112 games) with averages of 23.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 5.8 assists per contest under the direction of Jody Bass (senior year) and Scott Curran.
"History has proven that the guys we have signed with three years of eligibility remaining have been really good for us and I have great belief that T.J. will be next in that line," Williams said. "Similar to the guys in the past we have signed with three years left, TJ fits into what we do with our perimeter players. He is a switchable and has the versatility we rely on from those guys on both ends of the floor."