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July 8, 2013

Taylor keeping NBA dream alive

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Taylor isn’t looking for handouts on or off the court.

He had two more rebounds (250) than points scored during his senior season at Evansville and finished with the exact same 6.9 per game average in each category. He also dished out 3.9 assists per game and made 48 steals, increasing the latter total by two over his junior season.

Even in high school — where he led the Indians in scoring and rebounding and helped the team win a sectional championship in his senior year — Taylor has rarely been interested in flash.

He’s a player who delights in the details.

At Evansville, he made his name as a rebounder. And his voice rarely carries more excitement than it does when he relates a story about opposing Missouri Valley Conference coaches changing their game plans to incorporate a way to block him out.

“I try to keep everything tip-top,” he said, noting he’s not focusing on any single skill during his workouts. “I need to find a way to separate myself.”

Taylor has been talking to agents since his college career ended, and he’s open to all kinds of paths for the next step in his career. His eyes were opened a bit when he heard the kind of money McGhee is pulling down overseas, and he has no problem taking that route if necessary.

But the ultimate goal remains the NBA.

McGhee took another step toward that dream Sunday when he joined the Golden State Warriors’ Summer League team in Las Vegas. NBA teams use the league as a kind of tryout, mixing young free agents from outside the league with last month’s draft picks.

Taylor will join McGhee in Vegas next weekend but in a different capacity. He’ll take part in a showcase with other players who went undrafted this year, working out in front of scouts not just from the NBA but from leagues around the globe.

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