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April 29, 2014

Legends' Taylor drawing interest from Team USA

ANDERSON — Troy Taylor might soon have a chance to expand his legend.

The former Anderson High School star who formed the Anderson Legends semi-pro basketball team this spring is beginning to see the fruits of his labor.

In September, Taylor will head to the Dominican Republic to take part in the first Mitchell Americas Cup, a showcase tournament pitting teams of professional players from the U.S. against those from the host island nation.

And, if all goes well, Taylor will warm up for that event by representing Team USA at the R. William Jones Cup in Taiwan in August. The team is looking for a guard to add to its 13-player roster and has been in contact for several weeks.

Taylor expects to hear more definitive word next week. If he's added to the roster he'll play for former Toronto Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell and with former Los Angeles Clippers center Keith Closs and Jumaine Jones — a forward who played for six NBA franchises from 1999 through 2007 and currently plays professionally in Bulgaria.

"I'm all excited," Taylor said. "I worked hard, and I never gave up. I didn't know where it would lead me, but I knew I'd be ready."

Former Highland star Gary McGhee — currently playing professionally in Germany — also could be considered for the Team USA roster, and Taylor said he's already begun campaigning on his friend's behalf.

Both tournaments would provide further exposure for Taylor, who played four seasons at the University of Evansville after graduating from AHS and would like to play professionally overseas. The Mitchell Americas Cup could provide a direct route, with scouts from across the globe expected to be in attendance.

A scout from the Universal Basketball Association — the league that will provide many of the American players for the tournament — discovered Taylor playing with the Legends and likes his chances in the Dominican Republic.

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