NEW HAVEN, CONN. – In a world where seemingly every move of a high-major recruit is chronicled and reported on, Ryan Taylor was an anomaly.
Taylor, a 6-foot-7 forward from Indianapolis, committed to Louisville in January of 2009 but never signed a letter-of-intent – or cleared up why he didn’t sign with the Cardinals as a member of the class of 2011.
Now, Taylor is enrolled at Hargrave Military Academy (Va.) and is in the class of 2012.
“I can’t really say [what happened], but we both wanted to go our separate ways,” Taylor said at the National Prep Showcase. “No disrespect to Coach Pitino or their program, but we wanted to go our separate ways.”
Taylor played very well on Friday, totaling 26 points and 11 rebounds in an easy 115-91 victory over Notre Dame Prep (Mass.). He did most of his damage in the paint against the smaller opponent, showing his aggressiveness on the boards and around the rim. Taylor played well in transition and ran the floor effectively.
In the past, Taylor showed more of a face-up mid-range game, but he wanted to take advantage of his size edge against Prep.
“I try to say I can do it all, but I knew we were going against a small team so I tried to play more down in the post,” he said.
In terms of recruiting, Taylor hasn’t thought much about it just yet. Right now, Arkansas, Cincinnati and Dayton are showing interest.
He wants to take a trip to Cincinnati.
“I like the Big East style of basketball,” Taylor said. “Big East and Big Ten.”
He currently has no timetable for a commitment.
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