Friday, November 20, 2009

A jump above the rest

by Barca Blog - Jeffery Taylor has freakish talent. The high-scoring wing seems to spend more time above the rim than he does below it.

"Jeff’s probably the most explosive athlete that I’ve ever coached," head coach Kevin Stallings said. "His ability to come down and go back up before anybody else even realizes that back-ups the move is really kind of uncanny. He’s just a different kind of athlete."

Taylor, who started every game as a freshman, is coming off an outstanding rookie season with 12.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. His efforts were recognized by league coaches when he was selected to the SEC All-Freshman team.

But this could be the year that the super sophomore breaks out onto the national scene, especially if his rim-rattling 20-point and seven rebound performance against Lipscomb on Monday is a precursor of what's to come.

When asked about Taylor's progression from year one to year two, Stallings was candid about his unlimited potential, while recognizing what needs to be done to take that next step.

"Interestingly, he shoots the ball better," Stallings said. "It didn’t show up the other night when he didn’t really make any jump shots to speak of. Jeff’s become a better passer, which is something we’ve encouraged him about, and his shooting has improved.

"The better he does those two things, the more complete his game will become. If he does those two things well, then I think he’ll play for a long time and make a lot of money."

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