ANDERSON — Troy Taylor is receiving an entirely unique basketball education these days.
The former Anderson High School star and three-time Herald Bulletin Boys Basketball Player of the Year is the self-described CEO for the Anderson Legends, a semi-pro team that hopes to begin play in the North American Basketball Development Leagues Association late next month.
Taylor’s involvement with the team began purely as a perspective player, but on Jan. 11 he was asked to expand his role. Now the 23-year-old University of Evansville graduate is out in the community seeking sponsors, recruiting teammates, hiring coaches and finding a home court for the fledgling franchise.
“Man, I don’t know what I’m doing,” Taylor said he told league officials when they asked him to run the Legends, “but I’ll do as much as I can.”
One thing Taylor knew he could count on was his hometown.
He’s drawn interest from former Indians Antwaun Boyd and DeJovaun Sawyer-Davis as potential players, and former AHS guards Kojak Fuller and Norman Anderson will lead the coaching staff.
Other potential Legends include former New Castle and Butler guard Chase Stigall and former Illinois center Jack Ingram, who have combined for three NCAA men’s basketball championship game appearances.
“I want to bring back that Anderson style of basketball,” Taylor said, “that style people remember seeing.”
That means an up-tempo, aggressive brand of play that tends to be a hit with fans. And Taylor hopes to draw a crowd to East Side Elementary, where the Legends will begin play.
The gym seats about 300, but Taylor’s looking at it as a test case. A recent league exhibition game in Chicago drew 3,000 fans. If demand exceeds capacity in Anderson, the team will look to find a larger arena.