Bluechip Hoops Big Man Checks Out Tigers

This report features news on a Scout four-star basketball prospect's visit to Auburn plus game video highlights.

Greensboro, Ala.--Jimmie Taylor, who is ranked as Scout.com's No. 11 center prospect in the country for the 2013 basketball signee class, was on campus on Saturday to check out Coach Tony Barbee's Tigers.

A six-foot-nine, 220-pound junior at Greensboro High School, Taylor was a standout at a summer basketball camp for elite prospects at the Auburn Arena. He made a return visit to AU during the Auburn-Alabama football weekend.

"The trip to Auburn went well," Taylor said. "I spent time with the coaches and we went to the football game. I had a good time."

Taylor said that Auburn is one of the colleges he is considering. He has an early scholarship offer from the Tigers as well as ones from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgetown, Georgia, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. More are likely to come for the four-star prospect.

"Right now I don't have a favorite college," he said of the recruiting process, noting that he is in no rush to make a decision on where to play basketball after high school. The big man's focus is on his Greensboro High School team, which is off to a 4-0 start.

"I have been working at all parts of my game because I want to become a better all-around player," pointed out Taylor, who added that a major goal is to help his team win the state title this year as a member of what he believes is a team with the talent to go the distance.

Already a strong rebounder and shot-blocker with his frame that features long arms and good jumping ability, Taylor runs the floor well for a young big man and has the potential to be a major scorer as his offensive skills and strength continue to develop.

Taylor jumps high for a rebound.

In the classroom Taylor notes he is an honor roll student at Greensboro High and said that he would like to major in business as a college student.

What is Taylor looking for in his college choice? "I want to go to a place that will develop my all-around game with a coaching staff that has good relationships with their players," he said. "That is important to me. I want to continue to get better as a player once I get to college.

"I also want to go to a place where I can develop as an all-around person and fit in well with my teammates," he added.

Taylor noted that he is building a relationship with Auburn assistant coach Tony Madlock, who is recruiting him for the Tigers, as well as head coach Barbee. "I don't know the other Auburn coaches yet, but I like both Coach Madlock and Coach Barbee," Taylor said.

Taylor said he doesn't believe he will grow much taller than his current six-foot-nine, but that will be more than big enough to play the post in college because he has such long arms he plays like a seven-footer.

In addition to his unofficial trip to the Auburn campus, he has been to Tuscaloosa to check out Alabama and Starkville to visit the Mississippi State Bulldogs.



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